Sporting News’ 2019 American League All-Stars: Betts edges Judge, Vazquez earns nod

first_imgDespite finishing a distant third in their division this year, the Red Sox earned more Sporting News All-Star honors than the Yankees and Rays combined in a survey of AL executives.In perhaps the most surprising selection of the campaign, Red Sox backstop Christian Vasquez earned the nod from the voters at catcher, while Mookie Betts beat out Aaron Judge and Austin Meadows for the third outfield spot. SN 2019 MLB AWARDSPlayer of the Year | NL Rookie of the Year | AL Rookie of the Year | NL Manager of the Year | AL Manager of the Year | NL Comeback Player of the Year | AL Comeback Player of the Year | Executive of the YearMike Trout was a unanimous All-Star choice with a league-high 11 votes. Meanwhile, Matt Olson of the A’s and Carlos Santana of the Indians split the vote at first base, each receiving five nods.Sporting News named its first MLB All-Star team in 1925.2019 Sporting News AL All-Stars(Selected by a panel of 11 American League executives.)Catcher: Christian Vasquez, Red Sox2019 stats: .276//320/.477; 23 home runs; 72 RBIs; 2.2 bWAROthers receiving votes: Mitch Garver, Gary Sanchez, Roberto PerezFirst base: Matt Olson, A’s/Carlos Santana, IndiansOlson 2019 stats: .267/.351/.545; 36 home runs; 91 RBIs; 5.1 bWARSantana 2019 stats: .281/.397/.515; 34 home runs; 93 RBIs; 4.5 bWAROthers receiving votes: Yuli GurrielSecond base: DJ LeMahieu, Yankees2019 stats: .327/.375/.518; 26 home runs; 102 RBIs; 6.0 bWAROthers receiving votes: Jose AltuveThird base: Alex Bregman, Astros2019 stats: .296/.423/.592; 41 home runs; 112 RBIs; 8.4 bWAROthers receiving votes: Matt Chapman, Rafael DeversShortstop: Marcus Semien, A’s2019 stats: .285/.369/.522; 33 home runs; 92 RBIs; 8.1 bWAROthers receiving votes: Xander Bogaerts, Francisco LindorOutfield: Mike Trout, Angels2019 stats: .291/.438/.645; 45 home runs; 104 RBIs; 8.3 bWAROutfield: George Springer, Astros2019 stats: .292/.383/.591; 39 home runs; 96 RBIs; 6.2 bWAROutfield: Mookie Betts, Red Sox2019 stats: .295/.391/.524; 29 home runs; 80 RBIs; 6.8 bWAROthers receiving votes: Aaron Judge, Austin Meadows, Michael Brantley, Max KeplerDH: Nelson Cruz, Twins2019 stats: .311/.392/.639; 41 home runs; 108 RBIs; 4.3 bWAROthers receiving votes: Yordan Alvarez, Jorge Soler, J.D. MartinezStarting pitcher: Gerrit Cole, Astros2019 stats: 2.50 ERA; 326 strikeouts; 0.895 WHIP; 6.9 bWAR Others receiving votes: Justin Verlander, Lance LynnRelief pitcher: Liam Hendriks, A’s2019 stats: 1.80 ERA; 25 saves; 124 strikeouts; 0.965 WHIP; 3.5 bWAROthers receiving votes: Aroldis Chapman, Taylor Rogerslast_img