Vote for your favorite Boston Red Sox players to be All-Stars
The ballots are open so now is your chance to send your favorite Boston Red Sox players to Colorado for the 2021 MLB All-Star Game.
The voting process features two phases, the first of which runs from Thursday, June 3 through Thursday, June 24 at 4 p.m. ET. At the end of this phase, the top three players at each position, plus nine outfielders, will advance to the final ballot for each league which will determine the All-Star Game starters.
Fans are allowed to vote up to five times per day until the end of the first phase. That gives you plenty of opportunities to drive up the tally for Red Sox players to help them reach the final ballot and there are several ways to vote.
One easy way to cast a ballot is to follow this link to REDSOX.COM/ALLSTAR and click the Vote Now button on the website. This will bring you to a page listing eligible players by position, allowing you to select options for both leagues. You can select Red Sox players at each position if you wish or go by the most deserving candidate. In some cases, it should be both!
Don’t forget to cast a vote for the National League players too. You’ll notice some familiar names on the list who you might consider throwing a vote to for old time’s sake.
Fans can also vote through Google by searching for “MLB All-Star Vote” or “MLB Vote” to access the ballot from the search results. You can even type in a player’s name as long as they are on the ballot. For example, do a Google search for Xander Bogaerts. A sponsored section will appear at the top of the results page for the 2021 Google MLB All-Star Ballot. Click the down arrow to expand the section and you’ll see a button to “Vote for Xander Bogaerts (AL).”
You can vote up to 17 times per day through Google but you must be logged into a verified Google account.
Phase two of the process will run from June 28 through July 1 and fans can use the same methods once per day to vote for players who made the final ballot.
The Red Sox have a few obvious choices who at least warrant a spot on the final ballot. FanGraphs has Bogaerts with 2.4 WAR, the fourth-highest in the American League and easily leading the shortstop position. J.D. Martinez (1.8 WAR) has a slight edge at the designated hitter position over Shohei Ohtani (1.7 WAR), who could conceivably qualify as both a hitter and pitcher. Rafael Devers is second among AL third baseman with 2.0 WAR.
Alex Verdugo (1.0 WAR) cracks the top 10 among players the ballot considers an outfielder so it’s hardly a stretch to give him a nod when the final ballot will include nine at the position (while ignoring if they play left, right or center).
Is there another Red Sox position player worthy of a spot based on their production this season? Not really, but does it matter? We learned long ago that fan voting is a popularity contest. If you want Bobby Dalbec in the All-Star Game, go nuts and give him a vote! If you want Franchy Cordero to make the cut… well, sorry, you’re just nuts. There is a write-in section on the ballot if you really want to add him though.
The Red Sox currently sit in second place in the AL East and should remain in the hunt through the voting period. It would be shocking if this club doesn’t end up with multiple All-Stars and that’s before considering options from their surprising pitching staff.
Those who don’t earn enough votes on the final ballot might still get selected as All-Star reserves but they won’t even get an opportunity to start unless we get out and vote!