There's no reasonable explanation for Xander Bogaerts not being a finalist to start in this year's All-Star Game.
Bogaerts entered Saturday's game leading all American League shortstops in both home runs (14) and RBI (50). He's also second in OPS (.936), trailing only Twins phenom Jorge Polanco.
Unfortunately, those standout numbers weren't enough to garner attention from All-Star voters. Polanco, Gleyber Torres (Yankees) and Carlos Correa (Astros) each received more votes than Bogaerts and were named finalists.
Despite the nonsensical results, Bogaerts is taking the high road. He shrugged off the news of his snub following Friday night's win over the Blue Jays.
Bogaerts on All-Star fan balloting snub: "Aw. (Expletive)... It happens."— Chris Mason (@ByChrisMason) June 22, 2019
Bogaerts and Sox manager Alex Cora, saw the snub coming from a mile away. When it was revealed earlier this week the 26-year-old was sixth among AL shortstops in the voting, Bogaerts expressed his confusion while Cora emphasized his disappointment.
While Bogaerts unfortunately misses out on a chance to start in the midsummer classic, his teammates Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez were named finalists for their respective positions.
Third baseman Rafael Devers, who's also enjoying a standout 2019 campaign, is another notable snub on Boston's roster.
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