5 Boston Red Sox Who Belong on the 2014 AL All-Star Team

2014 Boston Red Sox All-Star Candidates

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The defending World Series champions have certainly had an up-and-down year in 2014. While much of the roster has returned from their October run a season ago, things have not come easy for the Boston Red Sox. They have uncharacteristically gone into several offensive slumps, they have been hit hard by injuries and they have just not been able to sustain any momentum. However, through it all, there has been a few worthy All-Star performances.

5. Brock Holt

Brock Holt
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5. Brock Holt

Brock Holt
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At the beginning of the year, Brock Holt would not be a name you would expect to see on this list. However, over the past few weeks, it has been Holt providing an offensive spark for the Red Sox. It is a smaller sample size, but Holt is sporting a .329 average and .821 on-base percentage. What is also eye-popping is that he is also sixth on the roster in total bases in far fewer games. Holt would be an All-Star super utility player for the AL.

4. Xander Bogaerts

Xander Bogaerts
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4. Xander Bogaerts

Xander Bogaerts
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Due to several injuries to key players, it is somewhat difficult to find five quality All-Stars for the Red Sox. Xander Bogaerts is a raw rookie talent for Boston. Playing nearly every day, he has flashed some good streaks as well as some rough ones. Through it all, Bogaerts is putting up respectable numbers for a rookie. He is hitting .273 with six home runs in the Boston lineup.

3. Koji Uehara

Koji Uehara
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3. Koji Uehara

Koji Uehara
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At the start of the year, the pitching staff figured to be a heavy strength for the Sox. But a few injuries, and some overall hard luck, has kept the staff from really getting on a role. However, at the end Koji Uehara has been a rock for Boston. Ever since taking over the closer's role, Uehara has been solid. This year he is a perfect 15-15 in save chances with an under 1.00 ERA.

2. Dustin Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia
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2. Dustin Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia
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Mr. reliable for the Sox has always been Dustin Pedroia. He is the true grinder and hard-nose leader for Boston. He leads the team in hits, has batted leadoff as well as third in the order to both get on base and start rallies for the Red Sox. Also, his defense is also All-Star worthy. At the position, not many are better than Pedroia.

1. David Ortiz

David Ortiz
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1. David Ortiz

David Ortiz
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Boston's most clutch hitter for years has been David Ortiz. He leads the team in home runs and RBIs. Ortiz is Boston's other team leader, who can carry the team for an entire World Series if needed. Big Papi is a fixture on the All-Star team as the designated hitter, and an obvious choice for the 2014 All-Star squad.

Nick Schaeflein is a Sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ptchr2424 or add him to your network on Google.

 

 

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