Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez only Red Sox to have chance for All-Star starts

Rob Bradford
June 21, 2019 - 9:31 pm

Red Sox fandom didn't come out in droves when it came to All-Star voting, as was evident by the results first round of balloting. Now there is a chance for some redemption thanks to Major League Baseball's new method to select the All-Star starters.

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With the voting closed out Friday, MLB announced the top three vote-getters at each position with the exception of outfielders and pitchers. The top nine were surfaced for those playing the outfield. The plan now is for the voting to re-open starting Wednesday at noon at each position, with the finalists starting on an even playing field. Voting will run for 28 hours, with the top vote-getter at each spot (and top 3 outfielders) getting the nod to start in Cleveland.

The only Red Sox players to earn the right to enter the fray Wednesday and Thursday were J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts. Martinez will go up against Nelson Cruz and Hunter Pence at the designated hitter spot, with Betts' competition coming from Mike Trout, Michael Brantley, Joey Gallo, Aaron Judge, Austin Meadows, Josh Reddick, Eddie Rosario and George Springer.

Ending up on the outside looking in were Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers, both of whom still have an opportunity to make the team thanks to the voting done by managers and players. For all the finalists, click here.

All pitchers and reserves for the All-Star Game will be revealed Sunday, June 30 at 5:30 p.m.