Boston Red Sox: 3 players you must vote for on All-Star ballot
By Sean Penney
These three Boston Red Sox players need your All-Star vote
It’s that time of year again when baseball fans get to have their voices heard. Ballots for the 2021 MLB All-Star game have been released and fans can cast their vote on their team’s official site or through Google. This is your opportunity to help send your favorite Boston Red Sox players to Denver for the Midsummer Classic.
The Red Sox are locked in a tight division race with the Tampa Bay Rays while the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays remain dangerous clubs lurking behind them in the standings. It seems fairly safe to say that even if the Red Sox aren’t in first place by the time Phase 1 of the voting process ends on June 24, they should be firmly in the playoff hunt.
Being a contender warrants having multiple All-Stars and the Red Sox have no shortage of candidates. A case can be made for several Red Sox pitchers but unfortunately, they aren’t on the ballot. Players and the Commissioner’s office will select the pitching staffs and position player reserves so for now, we’ll focus on what the fans can control – the position player starters.
There are a few players on the brink of deserving votes. Alex Verdugo is having a solid season. Not quite All-Star worthy but he’s been good enough that a vote for him wouldn’t be considered outlandish. Christian Vazquez is having a down season but catcher is a thin position and he has a better track record than most of his peers. Hunter Renfroe’s numbers are watered-down by a miserable start but his scorching month of May opened some eyes and he’s providing excellent defense.
These players shouldn’t start the All-Star game but a spot among the finalists at their respective positions is reasonable.
The Red Sox do have a trio of position players who have a strong case for being All-Star starters and undoubtedly deserve to advance to the final ballot. These players need your vote!