Xander Bogaerts

Manny Machado: Xander Bogaerts deserved to be an All-Star

Ryan Hannable
July 13, 2015 - 1:10 pm

CINCINNATI -- The Red Sox only have one representative for the 2015 All-Star Game, but many feel like they should have had another in Xander Bogaerts. The shortstop has a slash line of .304/.338/.411 this season with his .304 average the third-best among shortstops in all of baseball. Orioles All-Star third baseman Manny Machado is one of those people who feel Bogaerts should be in Cincinnati this week. "He's awesome. It's great to watch," Machado said. "He's exciting. I think he should have been here. I think he deserved to be an All-Star. It's just one of things he needs to keep playing the game. He's very exciting to watch." Machado is a talented player in his own right, making his second All-Star appearance this week, and hitting .298 with 19 home runs this season. A few years ago he was in the same shoes Bogaerts is in now -- a talented, up-and-coming star. "The way he plays the game I think he has that natural ability that he can play that natural shortstop," Machado said of what stands out most about Bogaerts' game. "We haven't seen that much lately in the game that you have that natural shortstop who can hit, that can field. He's an exciting guy to watch." The two players beating out Bogaerts at the position were the Royals' Alcides Escobar, who was voted as a starter by the fans and the Tigers' Jose Iglesias. "That's a good player," Escobar said. "I think that guy. He can hit, he can field, he can run Any other year he would be in the All-Star Game. He's a good player and a future All-Star." Iglesias was also complimentary of his former teammate in Boston. "I mean, he's a great young player. A lot of talent. Really happy for him. He's been playing well." Another player on the Orioles -- All-Star reliever Darren O'Day -- also has been impressed with Bogaerts. "He's talented. Since he's been at shortstop full-time he's been awesome player," O'Day said. "He's a good hitter. He can hit it to either field. It seems like he's more willing to take what you give to him now, instead of just muscle every ball. Seems like he does everything well. I like watching him play. It's hard to find in a shortstop." He says it is only a matter of time before he's recognized as an All-Star. "Absolutely, without a question," he said. "He could have been one this year, it's just there's only so many spots."