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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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Boston Red Sox Have Signed JD Martinez

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Time for a celebration Red Sox fans, the team has reportedly signed a big-time bat.

According to Pedro Gomez of ESPN, the Boston Red Sox have signed free agent DH/OF J.D. Martinez.

Multiple outlets are reporting that the deal is for five years with a player opt-out option after two seasons. The deal is valued at $110 million with it being a front loaded contract prior to the opt out. Full terms will be revealed later.

Martinez has played for three teams in his career starting off in Houston, moving to Detroit, and then being traded to Arizona this past season. The 30-year-old has had his fair share of struggles in major league baseball but was able to figure it all out in 2017 by belting 45 home runs between the Tigers and Diamondbacks with a .303 batting average and 104 RBIs.

Martinez’s role with the Red Sox is unclear at the moment but he can be expected to DH and the corner outfield positions. Having the opt-out in the contract is a huge incentive for Martinez who will likely be playing like it is a contract year given the front-loaded nature of the deal.

Boston has landed their guy, the question is will it be enough for them to contend with the New York Yankees?

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Boston Red Sox Are Close To Signing JD Martinez

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Red Sox fans everywhere can start to rejoice as the big move the team desperately needed is getting closer to completion.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Boston Red Sox and free agent J.D. Martinez are closing in on a deal.

Other reports have also confirmed that a deal is imminent but that Dave Dombrowski and the team have yet to acknowledge or confirm anything is done or nearing completion. It does appear however that talks between Martinez and the Red Sox are at an all-time high and their seems to be high confidence that both sides will come to terms on a deal in the near future.

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John Henry, Red Sox Owner: ‘We really don’t need to be popular. We need to win.’

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Ever wonder why Boston Red Sox fans or Liverpool fans have shown a hatred towards John Henry? Well if you did look no further than his idiotic and out of touch comments that he made on Monday during his yearly media availability.

Red Sox owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner were asked if they were concerned about the level of popularity of the current team compared to past years.

Wener, one of the producers of Roseanne went first.

“I don’t quite see it the way some of the fans see it. I respect their point of view but I think we’ve got a fun team and if it’s healthy I think were going to be — we’ll bring the fans back,” Werner said. “Obviously we’re in a market where there’s a lot of excellence. We’ve got four championship teams and they’re all playing extremely well. So hopefully now it’s the beginning of spring training and we can have some focus on the Red Sox.”

Henry provided a follow-up that was a bit odd for an owner that makes money off of people liking his teams.

“We really don’t need to be popular,” he said. “We need to win.”

For a team so image conscious the statement is bizarre. But hey, maybe Henry is checked out and will sell the team.

There are plenty of other things to do in the summer than watch Red Sox baseball, maybe fans should take Henry’s lead and turn off the team if they fail to win.

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