Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts on All-Star Voting: 'It's Kind of Getting Annoying'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 19, 2019

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 8: Xander Bogaerts #2 of the Boston Red Sox throws to first base during game one of a double header agianst the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park on June 8, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
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All-Star voting is a popularity contest every year, so it's easy to see how the process could be frustrating for players who feel they've been routinely passed over.

Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts expressed that sentiment to WEEI.com's Rob Bradford after he sat sixth at his position in the most recent MLB All-Star voting returns.

"These past few years every time I've come up just short even though my numbers have been up there or better than most of the guys," Bogaerts said Tuesday. "It's just so weird. I just miss out when in my opinion I should have been there. I just feel like it's a routine, every year the same thing. It's kind of getting annoying. But I don't know what to do."

Bogaerts has reason to feel aggrieved this year. Through 72 games, he's batting .300 with 14 home runs, 48 RBI and a .923 OPS. Not only does he lead all shortstops in WAR (3.4), he's fourth among all position players, per FanGraphs.

Beyond simply being an All-Star, Bogaerts deserves a place in the MVP conversation, and he explained how he values being perceived as an elite shortstop.

"It would definitely mean a lot to me," he said. "You work your whole career to be a world champion, and I have two of those. I think it would be recognized for the performance that you do to help your team to hopefully get there. As I said, the numbers speak for themselves. I don't understand how it's like that."

Bogaerts was an All-Star in 2016, and the good news is that he's playing so well it will be almost impossible to keep him off this year's team.

Climbing into the starting lineup will be tough because 155,594 votes stand between him and New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres, who's third place in the voting. This is the first year of MLB's new voting process, which sees the top three vote-getters at each position move into the next round when the votes are reset.

Assuming Bogaerts fails to make the cut, he's a lock to be a reserve for the American League's infield.