David Ortiz on not being named to All-Star team: 'There are a couple of guys ahead of me this year at my position'

Ryan Hannable
July 06, 2014 - 4:21 pm
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For the past four summers and nine of the last 10, David Ortiz has had one thing certain -- a trip to Major League Baseball's All-Star Game. This July will be a little different, as for the first time since 2009, Ortiz will not be making the trip to the Midsummer Classic. But, it's something the designated hitter accepts and was in favor of. "All-Star Game is you know, something that you have a lot of choices and there are a lot of guys doing really well," said Ortiz. "Me and John [Farrell] had a conversation. I'€™m a big fan of guys that have a really, really good first half making the All-Star Game. There are a couple of guys ahead of me this year at my position. "Me and John had a conversation about it and he asked me how I felt and I was like, '€˜I just don'€™t feel like taking those guys' places.'€™ I don'€™t think it'€™s fair to guys like Nelson Cruz and Victor [Martinez] and [Edwin] Encarnacion having an unbelievable season. They don'€™t have that many All-Star Games that I have. So, you just keep it real. Having a better season than what I am having and they're well-deserving." Ortiz is hitting .261 on the year with 19 home runs and 55 RBI. Farrell, the AL's manager this year, also spoke of the conversation the two had and ultimately Ortiz was in favor of the manager's decision to leave him off the roster. "There was a couple of conversations that led up to the selection of it," said Farrell. "When you start to look at those who have been voted in both by the fans and by the players and then you get a stack of guys at each position -- and then had a chance to talk to David and felt like the four days of rest might be more advantageous to him. And he was a pro about it, spoke his mind and really had a lot of input into the decision." The Red Sox officially only have one representative in pitcher Jon Lester. The game will take place July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

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