Xander Bogaerts on All-Star results: 'It's kind of getting annoying'

Rob Bradford
June 18, 2019 - 10:20 pm

MINNEAPOLIS -- Xander Bogaerts is downright flummoxed.

Bogaerts has been an All-Star just once in his previous five years of being a full-time big leaguer. That has left the Red Sox shortstop scratching his head. And now this ...

Despite entering Tuesday leading all American League shortstops in doubles, homers, walks and RBI, while carrying the second-highest OPS (only behind Minnesota's Jorge Polanco) Bogaerts finds himself sixth overall in the fan voting. Ahead of him is (in order of vote totals) Polanco, Carlos Correa, Gleyber Torres, Tim Anderson and Francisco Lindor.

"These past few years every time I’ve come up just short even though my numbers have been up there or better than most of the guys," Bogaerts told WEEI.com prior to his team's game against the Twins Tuesday night. "It’s just so weird. I just miss out when in my opinion I should have been there. I just feel like it’s a routine, every year the same thing. It’s kind of getting annoying. But I don’t know what to do."

Last year probably hit Bogaerts the hardest, having to watch the festivities from Aruba despite a first half which saw the shortstop boast a .889 OPS to go along with 16 homers. The starter for the game would be Manny Machado, with Lindor serving as the backup. Torres also made it as a reserve second baseman. 

"My numbers were … I was leading in so many different things," Bogaerts said of the 2018 selection process. "I didn’t understand."

He did make the American League team as a starter in 2016, and in 2015 and 2017 Bogaerts was named as one of the  candidates to make the team on the Final Vote but failed to beat out Mike Moustakas each time.

This year, however, it would seem the time was right for Bogaerts' perception to start evolving. He is living life with a new six-year, $120 million contract extension while establishing himself as a legitimate middle-of-the-order hitter. But he hasn't noticed any of it taking a turn, particularly after seeing the latest vote totals.

"I don’t really feel that way. The votes show differently," Bogaerts noted. "Sometimes it’s weird, but that’s how this game is. Some people like some guys more than other guys.

"I just think (the statistics) speak for themselves. I don’t know how that goes a bit unnoticed or a bit unrecognized. Sometimes it’s sad, but that’s the way it is. It’s been like that the last couple of years. I’ve kind of gotten used to it. It sucks to say that and I don’t want to be that way, but it’s weird."

Make no mistake about it, this means something to Bogaerts.

He has two world championships. He has his new contract. Now is the desire to be consistently viewed as one of the American League's elite shortstops.

"It would definitely mean a lot to me," Bogaerts said. "You work your whole career to be a world champion and I have two of those. I think it would be recognized for the performance that you do to help your team to hopefully get there. As I said, the numbers speak for themselves. I don’t understand how it’s like that."

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