BOSTON - Christian Vazquez has twelve home runs and is hitting .296, second among all American League catchers. Xander Bogaerts leads all AL shortstops in doubles with 28 of them. He also holds the lead in RBIs with 58. The next closest AL shortstop is Gleyber Torres with 10 fewer RBIs. Rafael Devers is second among all American League hitters in batting average with a .329 percentage. He leads in RBIs among AL third basemen with 56 of them and he has more hits than anyone else at the hot corner by 20. He's put up 107 hits this season and has been playing at an MVP-level all season.
None of these hitters is in the All-Star Game, however. No, the only members of the Boston Red Sox to actually be elected into the game are J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts. They have put up respectable numbers, for sure, but there's no denying that they pale in comparison to what Bogaerts, Devers, and even Vazquez have done for the Red Sox.
Martinez is hitting .297 with eighteen home runs and forty-seven RBIs. He definitely deserves a spot as a designated hitter on the AL All-Star team. Betts, on the other hand, is definitely having a down year by batting .265 with just thirteen home runs and thirty-seven RBIs.
Therein lies the fault of the fan vote: Betts and Martinez are obviously two of the biggest stars in all of baseball, and fans were eager to see them in the All-Star Game. By leaving the All Star Game up to voting, attendance can turn into a matter of popularity and name recognition, with deserving players getting overlooked.
There is a silver lining, though, to the fact that Bogaerts, Devers, and Vazquez were all snubbed from the game. It seems to have lit some sort of fire under them as they have continued to clobber home runs and rake all over the field, en route to maintaining their scorching hot 2019 campaigns. If Betts can turn it around and become the All-Star people claim him to be, this offense may be unstoppable. And maybe then, Devers, Bogaerts, and Vazquez will reach superstar status and we might see them at the 2020 All-Star Game (even if they are not entirely deserving by that point).
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Editor's Update: Never let it be said that complaining doesn't work.