Xander Bogaerts named first team All-MLB shortstop

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By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com

Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has been honored as the best player in baseball at his position for the 2019 season.

Bogaerts was named to the inaugural All-MLB First Team Tuesday, capping off a year in which he batted .309 with a career-high 33 home runs and 117 RBI. He put up a .939 OPS and won his third career Silver Slugger award, making him the most decorated offensive shortstop in Red Sox history.

Mookie Betts was named to the All-MLB Second Team. He hit .295 with 29 homers, 80 RBI, and a .915 OPS. Betts also won his fourth consecutive Gold Glove in right field, becoming the first Red Sox player since Dwight Evans to win four Gold Gloves in a row.

This marks the first year that Major League Baseball has named the All-MLB Team. The lists were determined by a combined fan and expert panel vote.

All-MLB First Team:

C: J.T. Realmuto, Phillies

1B: Pete Alonso, Mets

2B: DJ LeMahieu, Yankees

3B: Anthony Rendon, Nationals

SS: Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox

OF: Mike Trout, Angels

OF: Cody Bellinger, Dodgers

OF: Christian Yellich, Brewers

DH: Nelson Cruz, Twins

SP: Gerrit Cole, Astros

SP: Justin Verlander, Astros

SP: Jacob deGrom, Mets

SP: Max Scherzer, Nationals

SP: Stephen Strasburg, Nationals

RP: Kirby Yates, Padres

RP: Josh Hader, Brewers

All-MLB Second Team:

C: Yasmani Grandal, Brewers

1B: Freddie Freeman, Braves

2B: Jose Altuve, Astros

3B: Alex Bregman, Astros

SS: Marcus Semien, Athletics

OF: Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves

OF: Juan Soto, Nationals

OF: Mookie Betts, Red Sox

DH: Yordan Alvarez, Astros

SP: Zach Greinke, Diamondbacks/Astros

SP: Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dodgers

SP: Jack Flaherty, Cardinals

SP: Charlie Morton, Rays

SP: Mike Soroka, Braves

RP: Aroldis Chapman, Yankees

RP: Liam Hendriks, Athletics.

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