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Alex Cora and Xander Bogaerts expresses their disappointment in shortstop's All-Star vote standing

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Alex Cora and Xander Bogaerts expresses their disappointment in shortstop's All-Star vote standing

Xander Bogaerts is currently sixth among AL shortstops in All-Star voting, and Red Sox manager Alex Cora is not pleased with that fact. 

In an interview on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM, Cora expressed his disappointment in the voting process that finds Bogaerts behind Jorge Polanco, Carlos Correa, Gleyber Torres, Tim Anderson and Francisco Lindor. 

"I can’t get involved in the voting, but what I saw yesterday I was a little bit disappointed," Cora said. "This kid is one of the best shortstops in the league and if you look at his numbers, what he’s doing is amazing."

Bogaerts also let his frustrations be known to WEEI, saying the voting system is, "just so weird."

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. 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.

In what has been an underwhelming and inconsistent year for the defending champion Red Sox, Bogaerts has been their rock in the lineup, posting a .301/.392/.539 slash line with 14 home runs, 48 RBI and a league-leading 22 doubles. 

Cora noted Bogaerts commitment to driving the ball rather than just making contact on pitches, and it yielded great results in 2018, where he belted a career-high 23 home runs, drove in a career-high 103 runs and posted a .522 slugging percentage that bested his next highest mark in that category by 76 points. That output at the plate and his reliable glove at short gave the Red Sox confidence to give him a six-year, $120 million contract extension

"He brings a calming presence to our lineup, defensively too and in the clubhouse," Cora said. "We made a big commitment to Xander after opening day, and he understands what that means."

The Red Sox are doing their part in campaigning for Bogaerts to earn his second All-Star selection,  so maybe this bit of noise from Cora and the team will kickstart fans to vote for him some more. 

Whether he gets voted in or not, Cora and the Red Sox have the advantage of having him in the lineup for the foreseeable future. 

"He’s been a force, he’s been great and I’m happy that he’s my shortstop."

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Red Sox join growing list of MLB teams to release minor leaguers amid COVID-19

Red Sox join growing list of MLB teams to release minor leaguers amid COVID-19

Minor League Baseball is getting hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

ESPN reported that hundreds of minor leaguers were released Thursday, and that hundreds more cuts are likely to follow in the coming weeks.

It's also possible the 2020 minor league season doesn't happen at all. Regardless, teams are looking for ways to trim costs, and one place that's being impacted is minor league rosters.

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The Boston Red Sox have become the latest Major League Baseball team to announce the release of minor leaguers. Here's the list of players from Friday's announcement:

Pitchers : Matthew Gorst (RHP), Alex Demchak (LHP), Dylan Thompson (RHP), Robbie Baker (RHP), Chris Machamer (RHP), Connor Berry (RHP), Eddie Jimenez (RHP), Kelvin Sanchez (LHP), Zach Schneider (RHP), and Mason Duke (RHP)

Catchers: Joe DeCarlo, Samuel Miranda, and Breiner Licona

Infielders: Nick Lovullo, Juremi Profar, Korby Batesole, Andre Colon, and Nilo Rijo

Outfielders: Edgar Corcino, Keith Curcio, Trenton Kemp, and Marino Campana

Here's a list of other MLB teams making these kinds of cuts. 

One of the many unfortunate aspects of this development is that a lot of the players around the league who are being released might never play professional baseball again. 

Several major league players are going into their own pocket to financially assist minor leaguers, including former Red Sox pitcher David Price, who's giving $1,000 of his own money to each Los Angeles Dodgers minor leaguer in June.

It's still possible the 2020 MLB season will happen in some form. Both the league and MLBPA reportedly have been discussing and negotiating on several different issues, but there's been no public agreement on a return proposal at this time.

MLB rumors: David Price to give $1,000 to Dodgers minor leaguers in June

MLB rumors: David Price to give $1,000 to Dodgers minor leaguers in June

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher David Price is going into his own pocket to help his fellow baseball players.

Sports has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and that's definitely true for Minor League Baseball and its players.

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ESPN's Jeff Passan reported that hundreds of minor league players were released Thursday, with many more cuts expected to come. 

Price is trying to help, and according to baseball writer Francys Romero, the Dodgers pitcher will give money in June to players in the Dodgers' minor league system.

This is a very generous gesture from Price.

Price, as Romero notes, has yet to play for the Dodgers. He was traded, along with superstar outfielder Mookie Betts, from the Boston Red Sox to the Dodgers in February. He's probably never met a lot of these Dodgers minor leaguers, but he's still willing to help them through this difficult time.

We still don't know when Price will make his Dodgers debut because it remains unknown if the 2020 season will happen at all. The league and the MLBPA reportedly have been negotiating different return proposals, but no agreement has been announced at this time.