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Boston Red Sox Have No Players In All-Star Game After Latest Voting Update

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Boston Red Sox Have No Players In All-Star Game After Latest Voting Update With Outfielder Mookie Betts Getting Surpassed By Michael Brantley Of The Cleveland Indians

The Boston Red Sox have zero players in the latest American League All-Star voting update with Indians outfielder Michael Brantley overtaking Mookie Betts for the third and final outfield spot in the American League.

This update means as of June 6th there is no member of the Red Sox in the starting lineup for the American League at next months MLB All-Star game. Just because there isn’t any members of the Boston Red Sox in there now doesn’t mean there isn’t still a chance for a Red Sox player to end up in the starting lineup. Voting for the All-Star game only ends on Thursday, June 29th at 11:59 p.m., so therefore Red Sox fans still have time to push on of their own back into the mix.

Betts was voted in the top 3 last season, but this year he has been very inconsistent for Boston with a .264 avg and 9 home runs and 33 RBIs, not exactly a stellar season so far for the young star. At the moment though Betts certainly has a shot to get back into the top 3 of outfield voting with Betts currently sitting at 519,146 total votes in the No. 4 spot trailing Brantley who has 554,620 votes in the No.3 spot.

Other notable members of the Boston Red Sox who are in the mix include outfielder Andrew Benintendi who at 416,461 votes which has him at the No.6 spot for American League outfielders. Benintendi’s statistics are close to Betts with the rookie batting .269 with 7 home runs and 30 RBIs.

The top two spots for outfielders in the American League are New York Yankees rookie standout Aaron Judge who sits at the No.1 spot with an impressive 1,251,543 votes passing Angels outfielder and perennial MVP Mike Trout who sits in the No.2 spot with 1,115,356 votes.

At the shortstop spot Xander Bogaerts was also bumped from the top three spot with Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius with Bogey only having 289,541 votes. Bogaerts has played very well this season as he has hit for contact with a .330 avg and leads Boston with 67 hits.

Those wondering of injured second baseman Dustin Pedroia‘s standing, he stays in fifth among American League second basemen with 213,804 votes. Pedroia before going down with an injury was batting .292 with 21 RBIs and 2 home runs. Pedroia is expected back in the weekend series against the Detroit Tigers and will be able to further build his case for the All-Star game.

It is important to note that the ballot only includes positional players and not pitchers. If you do want to see members of the Boston Red Sox at this years All-Star game you should vote, and vote often with MLB limiting voters to 5 votes for every 24 hours. But if you would rather have you start players resting during the break then carry on and decline to vote. The latter being the strategy I will be employing this All-Star voting season.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Bottom Line: Boston Red Sox Need Stanton

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Boston Red Sox Team President Dave Dombrowski isn’t a great talent evaluator. Throughout his entire career, he has built his success by acquiring proven big league talent. Betting on that changing anytime soon is foolish, so why not make another move for proven talent?

Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins has long been rumored to be on the trade block and Boston is just one of his potential destinations. Reports have stated thought that Stanton would prefer a trade to a team like the Dodgers despite “advisers” pushing for Boston.

The Stanton vs Judge potential is enough to get any baseball fans heart racing. But should Boston present Miami a god offer? Some have balked at the potential of trading any more prospects but let me tell you a very well known secret, Boston’s farm system has been pillaged. Jay Groome and Michael Chavis are considered the best two prospects remaining under Dombrowski.

So any thought of depleting the farm system anymore should be tossed out the window as there isn’t much left there, to begin with. On top of that, the current makeup of the team and the organization is winning now, a strategy that is far from working given the current talent in the lineup. Last season the Red Sox lacked true pop in their lineup after the retirement of David Ortiz. Many at the time sold it as the 2015 Royals who nickeled and dimed their way to a world series title. But when it came down to it the 2017 Boston Red Sox lacked balls.

Boston needs a power bat in the heart of their order. Not just for the home runs from that player, but for the protection they would offer the other hitters in the lineup. If you were a pitcher facing the Red Sox last season almost every hitter in the lineup could be pitched too. The only exception might be Hanley Ramirez, but the BIG HR simply was set up to fail to have to step in for Ortiz with no protection around him.

Stanton would instantly bring in pop, lineup protection, and the much needed “it” factor that will help drive fans to the team. Without this type of move, it is hard to see how next season will be any different.

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Minimum Expectations for the 2018 Red Sox

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Last year, it was Chris Sale; in 2016, the exorbitantly expensive David Price was all the hype. Both of these roundly heralded saviors produced the same underwhelming results. Another short-winded trip to the playoffs; another bummer of a year.

The Red Sox simply cannot afford a third consecutive first-round exit, in the 2018 postseason. And it seems that Dave Dombrowski knows this. In an attempt to prevent car-flipping anarchy in the streets, he fired the overseer of all this recent failure (his direct subordinate) – John Farrell.

Now the Sox will be heading into next season with a newfangled remedy. No, it’s not a hundred-million dollar player. This time around, management has received the upgrade. It’s the newly hired manager, Alex Cora, who will be charged with the burden of resurrecting one of the most venerated franchises in professional sports.

On Monday, Cora was formally introduced to Boston as the new manager (or scapegoat).

Good luck, buddy! You’re gonna need it.  

Should Boston fans really expect an appreciable change to be affected by just one man? After all, this is exactly what we’ve done, to no avail, for the past few years. And if Cora really represents the end-all-be-all solution, what is a realistic accomplishment for him, and his club, in the first season of his tenure?

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Like Looking in the Mirror

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After watching the Houston Astros win the 2017 World Series, Red Sox fans deserve to be upset.

Go ahead and sink into your bed of indignance, for a couple of days, and don’t let anyone stop you, Red Sox Nation. You’re safe there.  

The asseveration has lingered on the tip of Boston’s tongue, ever since the ALDS – “That could have been us!” And it’s true, it could have been the Sox hoisting that trophy, on Wednesday night.

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