For the Boston Red Sox, this year has been more than just a disaster. Negatives have riddled the team. From Hanley Ramirez‘s lack of hustle, to David Ortiz‘ and Mike Napoli‘s inability to hit, to the ineffective starting pitching, this year has been a calamity.
Some could argue it’s worse than the Bobby Valentine-ruined 2012 season and some could even argue it’s worse than the chicken and beer year of 2011.
It’s a matter of opinion.
But despite all of these negatives, there have been a few positives throughout the team, such as Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts‘ recent surge. But one that stands out from all the rest is Brock Holt.
Last year, Holt sprung on to the scene by becoming the team’s leadoff guy that played everywhere. From left field, to third base, to first base, he became the team’s “do-it-all” superman and was again, one of the only bright spots of the 2014 campaign for the Sox.
He batted .281 last year and opened many eyes with his play.
Over the offseason, many, including me, thought the Red Sox should have traded him while he had value for a good, solid starting pitcher. The fear was that he would be a classic “one-hit-wonder” who would go on to bat around .240-.250 each year and slowly cruise into mediocrity.
He has been the complete opposite, displaying that sophomore slumps will not be affecting him whatsoever. Already this season, he has topped his numbers from last year in batting average, OBP, slugging percentage and OPS. He’s hitting .296 this year with an OBP of .390, a slugging percentage of .450 and an OPS of .840.
His batting average has gone up .015, his OBP has gone up .059, his slugging percentage has gone up .069 and his OPS has increased by .129. Granted, the numbers from this year aren’t set in stone, but they’re a big enough sample size on how he will do this year.
Also, on June 16th, Holt hit for the cycle against the Atlanta Braves. He was the first Red Sox to hit for the cycle since John Valentin in 1996. He’s also the first player to hit for the cycle in 2015.
So after seeing these impressive feats and numbers, one question comes to mind.
Should Brock Holt be an All-Star?
The general answer is yes, but since he’s a utility man and has no primary position, he’s not on the MLB All-Star ballot, which is a huge issue. The only possible way for him to get votes is in the write-in section, which is therefore much harder to get votes since the average fan voting can’t see his numbers and may altogether forget about him. Red Sox fans would probably be the only ones voting for him, whereas someone such as Shane Victorino, who’s barely played for the Red Sox this season, is on the ballot and would more than likely receive votes from other markets.
If the MLB picked the All-Stars, Holt would probably be picked up for his first career time. But since he’s not the most popular player outside of Boston, and does not have a primary position, fans would probably forget about him when voting. That’s if they even know who he is.
Holt’s best shot at being on the American League All-Star team this year is by being on of the players voted for in the “Final Vote” category, where fans vote for one of five guys in the American League and one of five in the National League to be the last player put on each team. The players picked are by the MLB, so unless the five AL players are all bullpen pitchers, Holt should at least get a chance to be voted for.
In my opinion, Holt is clearly an All-Star. The numbers back it up and he’s deserving of his first All-Star appearance. Should he be a starter? No, absolutely not. But, he’s at least deserving of a spot on the roster.
But the real question is, what do you think? Should Holt be an All-Star?
#Brockstar. Make it happen.