Red Sox’ Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers named finalists for 2022 All-MLB Team

Red Sox infielders Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers have been named finalists for the 2022 All-MLB Team, Major League Baseball announced on Thursday.

Bogaerts was one of 10 shortstops selected to the ballot while Devers was one of nine third basemen. The two teammates are already up for Silver Slugger Awards at their respective positions in the American League.

While Silver Slugger and Gold Glove Awards recognize the top offensive and defensive player at each position in each league, the purpose of the All-MLB Team is to commemorate the best players at each position across baseball for what they did during the regular season.

Since its inception in 2019, three different Red Sox players have earned All-MLB honors. Bogaerts was a first-team selection at shortstop three years ago while Devers and outfielder Mookie Betts were second-team selections in 2021 and 2019, respectively.

Betts is yet again up for All-MLB recognition after another All-Star season with the Dodgers. The same can be said for two more familiar faces in the Brewers’ Hunter Renfroe and the Phillies’ Kyle Schwarber.

Fans have until 5 p.m. eastern time on Tuesday, November 22, to vote for who they think should make the fourth-annual All-MLB team. Fan voting accounts for 50 percent of the vote. The other 50 percent will be made up by a baseball media panel.

Of the 116 players who were selected as finalists on Thursday, only 32 will be named to the first- or second-team. Those winners will be revealed during the Winter Meetings from San Diego on Monday, December 5.

(Picture of Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers: Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

Author: Brendan Campbell

Blogging about the Boston Red Sox since April '17. Also support Tottenham Hotspur.

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