Alex Verdugo mirrored on ‘recognition contest’ of MLB All-Star voting

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Verdugo bluntly mentioned that “the one who went in shouldn’t be there.”

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Alex Verdugo celebrates his game-winning residence run towards the Blue Jays on July 2. Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press through AP

The Pink Sox defeated the Rangers 4-2 on Wednesday. Brayan Bello pitched seven innings, permitting simply two runs and notching three strikeouts.

The 2 groups play the sequence finale at Fenway Park tonight, with first pitch set for 7:10 p.m.

Additionally tonight, the Connecticut Solar host the Seattle Storm at Mohegan Solar Area at 7 p.m.

Alex Verdugo’s ideas on the All-Star Sport choice course of: One of many inevitable ramifications of the MLB All-Star Sport voting and choice is the choose group of gamers who’re having good seasons however aren’t deemed to be worthy of creating the Midsummer traditional.

In 2023, that group contains Pink Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo.

The 27-year-old is batting .288 with six residence runs and an .809 OPS. He’s within the midst of a profession season, however was not the workforce’s chosen All-Star (the excellence went to nearer Kenley Jansen).

Verdugo was requested if he felt snubbed throughout a current interview with Julian McWilliams of The Boston Globe.

“Yeah,” Verdugo informed McWilliams. “I imply, but it surely’s not even simply in my regards. I simply really feel prefer it’s a fan recognition contest. And, like, the one who went in shouldn’t be there.”

Requested which “particular person” he was referencing — Kyle Tucker of the Astros, or Julio Rodriguez of the Mariners — Verdugo declined to specify.

“That for me to know,” he mentioned. Tucker, batting .293 with 13 residence runs and an .805 OPS, might be not who Verdugo was referencing. It might be Rodriguez, who’s hitting simply .248 with a .724 OPS (however represents Seattle, the town internet hosting the festivities on July 11.

As a substitute of wallowing within the disappointment, nevertheless, Verdugo mentioned he merely needs to maneuver on.

“I need to play ball and be acknowledged for what I do on the sphere.”

Trivia: Alex Verdugo wasn’t the one Pink Sox participant to function for the Mexican nationwide workforce on the 2023 World Baseball Basic. Are you able to title the opposite Boston participant?

(Reply on the backside).

Trace: Like Verdugo, he’s an outfielder.

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