BOSTON – With All-Star teams set to be announced on Sunday, John Farrell, as the manager of the defending World Series champions, is preparing to manage his first All-Star team.
But, as the manager of an underperforming team, Farrell is in a sticky spot. Many of his players, he believes, are deserving of spots on the American League All-Star team which will play the National League at Target Field in Minnesota on July 15. Earlier this week, he mentioned David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Koji Uehara, Jon Lester, and John Lackey as those he would like to see get consideration. But, with balloting closed, not one of his players is the leading vote-getter at any position.
“Given all the information we’ve received over the last three days, you kind of keep guys apprised of who would be in consideration, what scenarios may or may not play out like,” Farrell said. “And you just deal with them as straight-up as possible and know that guys in our uniform did an awful lot for us to be in this position to go to Minnesota and you keep that in mind. But I think guys recognize that, too. They’re voting members, so they see the years that other players are having and they’re realistic in their own right.”
As the AL manager, Farrell has seven picks available to him. There are, however, some constraints on those picks.
“I have seven,” Farrell said. “But you have to take into account a number of factors: every team being represented, we’re mandated to have a 13-man pitching staff. So there’s a few things that kind of narrow down your overall selections.”
Farrell said he has “not completely” picked his team yet.
Brock Holt, who has surprised this season and been the team’s most consistent offensive performer since he was called up for his third major league stint this season on May 17, is another player Farrell would like to get consideration.
“There’s been some conversation,” Farrell said. “And yet because of the other factors just mentioned, you don’t have carte blanche on a 34-man roster.”