Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez make All-Star team; Xander Bogaerts snubbed

Rob Bradford
June 30, 2019 - 6:04 pm

LONDON -- When it came to a presence at this year's All-Star Game in Cleveland the Red Sox were clearly hoping for more from their side of things.

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But when the pitchers and reserves were announced Sunday night the only two members of the Red Sox to make the A.L. club were J.D. Martinez (DH) and Mookie Betts (OF).

When it came to the Red Sox, perhaps the biggest surprise in the voting -- which was done by players and managers -- was that Xander Bogaerts had been left off the team for a third straight year. Rafael Devers also not making the cut was somewhat of a surprise.

"It is what it is," Bogaerts said after learning of the results. "I can’t vote for myself, but it is what it is."

Bogaerts, who hit his 16th homer of the season Sunday, carries the third-best OPS in the American League (.932), having drawn even with Mike Trout for the fourth-most RBI (57). He is also hitting .299.

Devers also presented a strong case, carrying the best OPS (.897) and batting average (.322) of any American League third baseman.

"It’s a great feeling but I’ve also got to say that there’s a lot of guys on our team that are very deserving with Devers, Bogey and (Christian Vazquez) Vazqy, those guys have kind of the people that carry as all season so, in my opinion, they should definitely, in my opinion, get more recognition," Betts said. "I know it’s All-Star game and there are some big names there. I think they should take a look and see how the voting and what not goes because those guys deserve to be there."

"Look at Bogey, Christian, Xander, three guys that have been carrying our team pretty much. Doing a great job," Martinez said. "Obviously wish guys like that would get more recognition. It’s just one of those systems where it always seems like someone gets screwed out of it. I hope that everyone knows they deserve it and deserve the recognition of being there as well."

It is Betts' fourth straight All-Star appearance, with Martinez making the team for the third time.

Betts was perhaps the biggest surprise of the pair, hitting just .261 with a .835 OPS and 13 homers. 

Martinez may not be at the level he was a year ago, he remains one of the best designated hitters in the league. With his home run Sunday he now has 18 for the season to go along with a .923 OPS and .298 batting average.