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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