By: Alex Reimold
As all of you have most likely noticed on twitter the #voteX campaign was unsuccessful as Xander Bogaerts failed to make the all star game this year. Mike Moustakas and Justin Turner won the final vote thus eliminating Bogaerts from All-Star Contention. Therefore, the question must be asked; was Xander Bogaerts cheated out of an All-Star appearance this year?
First, let’s take a look at the 2 shortstops who made it. Carlos Correa by all means deserves the starting job, batting .319 with 17 long balls. However, the discrepancy takes place when looking at the backup star, Francisco Lindor. Lindor is currently batting .251 with 14 HR. Shortstops are supposed to hit for average and play a solid defense, while homers are just an extra. Bogaerts is batting .308 with 6 homers on the year, which is slightly lower than his usual pace. However, Xander was by all means an All-Star snub because even though Lindor lead a run last year to help the Indians get to the world series, Bogaerts clearly has the better numbers and has meant more to his team this year.
That being said, while I do think he is technically a snub, I do not believe that these numbers are worthy of an All-Star appearance. I know that seems like a massive contradiction, but bear with me. Bogaerts has always been a doubles hitter, as home runs are solemn expected. However, along with this assertion it is expected that the lack of long balls will be made up for with an average in the .320 to .340 range. I'm not saying that we should expect a .340 average from Bogaerts, but if he wants to be an All-Star like he can be, then a .320 average at least is needed.
Therefore, Xander Bogaerts should be in attendance at the All-Star game and is certainly a snub, but if he wants to make it next year the average will need to be higher or the home runs will need to be higher.
(Photo: Boston Magazine)