Red Sox lack support in first batch of MLB All-Star Game voting results
By Sean Penney
Outside of Betts, do any other Red Sox position players have a shot at being voted in as a starter? Not based on the initial ballot results.
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Andrew Benintendi isn’t far behind in fifth place among outfielders, although it’s highly unlikely he surpasses his teammate Betts. He’s having a solid first season, despite a recent slump, yet hasn’t even been the best rookie outfielder in the league – that would be New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, who sits in second on the ballot at his position.
Don’t expect both Betts and Benny to pass Judge, while even a lengthy stint on the disabled list won’t knock Mike Trout from the top three.
The only other Red Sox player to even appear on the ballot is Xander Bogaerts, who sits in third place in a loaded crop of shortstops. It appears Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor may run away with the fan vote, while Houston’s Carlos Correa is arguably even more deserving. Bogaerts is still having an All-Star caliber season and should still make the team as a reserve as long as the AL squad can squeeze in three shortstops.