The Boston Red Sox didn't have any players chosen to start in the 2019 MLB All-Star Game. Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez were in the finals of their respective primaries for outfield and designated hitter, but they didn't quite get enough of the vote to start.
However, on Sunday afternoon, the All-Star reserves were revealed. And the Red Sox saw two of their players chosen to the roster.
The players that got the nod were Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez. Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers were not included.
Of the bunch, Bogaerts was the most deserving candidate. He entered Sunday's game against the New York Yankees leading the league in doubles with 27 while batting .299 and crushing 15 homers. He has been the team's most consistent hitter and has played solid defense as well. There wouldn't have been qualms about him starting in the game, but he didn't end up getting enough of the fan vote to survive the first round of voting.
Devers is hitting a team-leading .324 this year with 12 homers and has been red-hot at the plate. After a rough start to the season at third base, his defense has improved greatly and he seems to be on an Adrian Beltre-type path in just his third MLB season.
Martinez has continued to be a solid hitter for the Red Sox, and he has clubbed a team-leading 17 homers this year. He got 31.2 percent of the votes in the DH race but ultimately fell to Hunter Pence before being chosen as a reserve. This will be Martinez's third appearance in the All-Star Game and his second in as many years with the Red Sox.
Despite having somewhat of a down season, Betts will make his fourth consecutive All-Star Game appearance. The 2018 MVP is only hitting .261 with 13 homers, but his 2.8 WAR is still good for 39th in the league.
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