After neither made it as a starter on Thurday, both Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez were named to the 2019 American League All-Star Game roster as reserves on Sunday, marking the second straight year the pair of sluggers will be representing the Red Sox in the Midsummer Classic.
Betts, now a four-time All-Star, has followed up an MVP-winning 2018 campaign by slashing .261/.381/.454 with 13 home runs and 37 through 82 games in 2019.
Martinez, now a three-time All-Star, has followed up a successful first season in Boston by posting a .298/.374/.549 slash line to go along with 18 homers and 49 runs driven in over 74 games this year.
Both players nearly missed out on becoming starters in the fan vote, and both players are having quality years, no doubt about that. With that said, however, it seems wrong that Xander Bogaerts will not be in Cleveland a week from Monday.
Before Sunday’s game against the New York Yankees, the 26-year-old led all American League shortstops in runs scored (62), RBI (55), on-base percentage (.392), weighted on-base average (.386), and fWAR (3.7).
Through 81 games this season, Bogaerts a one-time All-Star, is slashing .299/.392/.540 with 27 doubles, 16 dingers, and now 57 RBI. Certainly numbers worthy of representing the American League in the 90th All-Star Game, but it appears the players and Commissioner’s Office members who voted relied more on name recognition than anything for these particular selections.
Rafael Devers has a case to be made as well for not being selected as a reserve, but Bogaerts deserves the honor more out of the two, at least in my opinion.
Speaking of the All-Star reserves, here they are for both sides, as well as the full rosters:
The 90th MLB All-Star Game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 PM EDT on Tuesday, July 9th on FOX.