The All-Star rosters for both leagues have been announced and the Boston Red Sox have four players named to the American League squad.
Leading the way for the Sox is David Ortiz, who was chosen as an All-Star for the seventh time in his career and the fifth time he’s been chosen as a starter. Ortiz received 6,324,793 votes, which was good enough for fourth-highest among all Major League players. His 17 HR, 48 RBIs and .301 batting average so far this season have made David Ortiz a difficult choice to overlook.
Although this will be Adrian Gonzalez’ fourth All-Star appearance, next Tuesday’s game in Phoenix will mark his first time playing in the mid-summer classic as a starter. A-Gon has certainly made the first-half of his first season in Boston count as he is one of the main reasons why the Red Sox have rebounded and are playing so well right now. Gonzalez has done so well in his maiden season in Boston so far that he leads his team in seven categories: Games (83), at-bats (340), run (59), hits (119), doubles (27), RBIs (74) and batting average (.350).
Then, there’s Josh Beckett and Jacoby Ellsbury, whose spots are a little more special considering both players had forgettable 2010 campaigns. Josh Beckett was named to his third All-Star team after starting the year 7-3 with a 2.12 ERA while striking out 91 and allowing a batting average of just .178. In 2010, Beckett had considerable back trouble that limited him to just 21 starts. During those starts, Beckett went 6-6 with a career-high 5.78 ERA.
As for Jacoby Ellsbury, he will be making his first trip to the All-Star Game as a reserve. After a 2010 campaign that saw the center-fielder limited to just 18 games thanks to constant trouble with his ribs, Ellsbury put together a great first-half, which saw him collect 100 hits, 57 RBIs, 23 doubles and a .302 batting average. For both Ellsbury and Beckett, to say that both of their seasons involved dramatic resurgences would be somewhat of an understatement.
It should be a great All-Star Game next week as Phoenix’s Chase Field will host the event for the first time in its history. Look for many teams to be well-represented, including the Boston Red Sox. Congratulations to the four Red Sox for making it. It is quite an honour.