After Xander Bogaerts reached the 30-home-run, 50-double mark for the first time in his career Thursday night against the Blue Jays, Alex Cora commended his shortstop's consistency throughout a turbulent season for the Red Sox.
"We’re very proud of him," Cora said. "It’s not only the numbers it’s the consistency of him showing up every day, and the routine, and being a leader, and understanding what he means to the organization.
"For a quote-unquote bad season, he’s been showing up every day."
Bogaerts became the second shortstop in baseball history to hit 30 home runs and 50 doubles in a single season, with the other being Alex Rodrigues in 1996.
The 26-year-old superstar also joined teammate Rafael Devers as the first pair of Red Sox to record 50 doubles in one season. Only two other teams have accomplished that feat are the 2000 Rockies (Todd Helton and Jeff Cirillo) and the 1996 Mariners (Alex Rodriguez and Edgar Martinez).
Bogaerts has been a rock in the Red Sox lineup throughout an up-and-down campaign. It's a near certainty that Boston will not get the chance to defend its World Series championship past the regular season, which is a real shame considering the type of numbers Bogaerts and Devers have put up to carry this lineup.
However, with Bogaerts locked up for the next six years, Red Sox fans can get used to seeing him at short and get excited about how much better he can become over time. The uncertainty comes with who'll be batting around him in the lineup, because the Red Sox' finances will force them into some tough decisions in the next few years.
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