Red Sox: Mookie Betts named to AL All-Star team

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 29: Mookie Betts
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 29: Mookie Betts /

Mookie Betts, following up on his 2016 All-Star campaign, has once again been selected to the AL All-Star team, representing the Boston Red Sox.

Mookie Betts has been named to the 2017 American League All-Star Team for the second straight year and will join teammates Craig Kimbrel, and Chris Sale on the trip to Miami, Florida to represent the Boston Red Sox.

In his third full season with the Red Sox, Mookie Betts already carries with him a Gold Glove Award, a Sliver Slugger Award, a 2016 All-Star nomination, and a runner-up in the MVP race, to only Mike Trout, who from what I have heard is a pretty good player.  Stating his case for the All-Star spot, Betts has a .287 batting average, 15 home runs, and 51 RBI’s.

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Defensively, Mookie Betts is one of the best, if not the best right fielder in the major leagues today, and mans one of the hardest outfield positions in RF at Fenway Park. While he may not have the stature of an Aaron Judge or Giancarlo Stanton, Betts has the ability to move around in the lineup, i.e lead-off, or clean-up, making him even more valuable.

In 2016, Mookie Betts provided 32 defensive runs saved, a league-high resulting in the first Gold Glove of his young career.

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For the second half of the season, Mookie Betts looks to lead the Boston Red Sox back to the playoffs carrying the AL East division crown, while looking to improve on his 2017 numbers of a .317 average and 31 home runs.  For now, Betts looks to shine in Miami and contribute to the American League having the World Series home field advantage, hopefully at Fenway Park come this October.