Xander Bogaerts

Xander Bogaerts hopes Red Sox fans get out the vote for final All-Star spot

John Tomase
July 07, 2015 - 4:23 pm

Xander Bogaerts would love to be an All-Star, but now it's in the hands of the fans. Bogaerts is a candidate for the final vote after Royals manager Ned Yost made utilityman Brock Holt the team's lone All-Star. "It's been an honor to be mentioned in that category in the Final Vote," Bogaerts said on Tuesday. "I'm definitely happy for Brock, good teammate, good friend of mine. We'll see what happens. The main focus right now is just helping the team win. We've got a huge homestand right now with [the Marlins], especially the Yankees coming in. Just trying to keep focused right there. "At least I have another chance. It's not that I'm completely out. I have a chance with the Final Vote. Hopefully me and Brock can see each other over there. It would be fun." Bogaerts has had an All-Star-caliber season, entering Tuesday night's game against the Marlins hitting .302 with three homers and 37 RBIs, while also playing an excellent defensive shortstop. If he's going to win the Final Vote, it's going to take a lot of online voting from Red Sox fans, because he's facing stiff competition: Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner, and Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas. "Great guys," Bogaerts said. "Guys that play pretty good baseball and have been having a great season also this year. We'll see what happens. It's going to be exciting, that's for sure."