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Tuesday, 07 July 2015 00:09

Brock Holt Named To All-Star Team, Bogaerts On Final Vote

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The Brockstar has officially made the big time.

Brock Holt was elected as a reserve for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game by American League manager Ned Yost on Monday night. 

Holt is the only representative for the Boston Red Sox currently on the AL squad, with shortstop Xander Bogaerts among the five candidates eligible for the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote, which is determined by fans this week.

Holt has been sensational again this season for the Red Sox, playing a multitude of positions in both the infield and the outfield.  Currently the team's everyday second baseman with Dustin Pedroia on the disabled list, Holt has brought stability to the top of the Sox lineup for the last month, hitting .303 over his last 30 games with an outstanding .394 on-base percentage. 

Overall, Holt is batting .295 on the season, with two homers, five stolen bases, and 21 runs batted in.

Yost, who is the manager of the Kansas City Royals, remarked that Holt's ability to play multiple positions at a high level made him an All-Star.

"What impressed me about Brock Holt was his versatility", said Yost.  "Super utility guys should be celebrated.  When you're putting together a team, versatility is important."

Bogaerts, who was beaten out at the shortstop position on the AL squad by starter Alcides Escobar of the Royals and reserve (and former Red Sox) Jose Iglesias of the Detroit Tigers, was certainly deserving of a spot himself.  Instead he will fight it out with four other players - shortstop Brian Dozier of the Minnesota Twins, third baseman Mike Moustakas of the Royals, outfielder Yoenis Cespedes of the Tigers, and outfielder Brett Gardner of the New York Yankees - for the last spot on the AL roster.

Bogaerts has unquestionably been the best hitter on the Red Sox all season long, hitting .302 on the season and .354 over his last 15 games.  He led the team in hits and doubles in the month of June, and is second overall in batting average (to Pedroia's .306) and fourth overall in runs batted in on the surging Boston offense. 

You can cast your vote for Bogaerts by clicking HERE!

The rest of the MLB All-Star Game rosters can be found at mlb.com.

In other news, Jackie Bradley Jr., who was recently up with the Red Sox until being demoted back to Triple-A on Friday, was added to the Triple-A All-Star Game roster on Monday as well.  Bradley was the leading vote-getter for fan ballots but was with the Boston Red Sox when rosters were announced last week.  He was hitting .319 in 54 games for Pawtucket, which is second in the International League for batting average.

 If you want MORE coverage of your team, check out Red Sox Beat Podcast here on CLNS Radio! The latest episode is below and check us out on ITUNES as well!

Adam Belue

My name is Adam Belue, I'm from Fall River, MA, and I'm a sports fanatic.  I'll watch and write about just about any and every sport, even the fringe ones that aren't really sports like bowling, poker, and ultimate frisbee.  I'm a huge Green Bay Packers fan, and a self-proclaimed New England Patriots hater (and proud of it!)... which makes my job in a sporting goods store quite interesting.  I'm a big fan of the other local teams (Bruins, Red Sox, and Celtics), along with the Alabama Crimson Tide and college football as a whole.  I may be a bit obsessed (or a lot obsessed) with Taylor Swift, and I've seen her in concert four times so far... some of the best times I've had by the way her concerts are quite the experience!  I'm also a huge tennis fan, and have played the sport for a good majority of my life.  I wish more people watched and appreciated tennis.  I'm currently a part of the Boston Bruins and Boston Red Sox Beat Team on CLNS Radio, and post a weekly fantasy football and college football column during the season.