“A NEW ERA: Three Exceptional Players Write New Chapter in Red Sox History!”

Trio of All-Stars help Red Sox accomplish something for first time in 32 years

Remarkably, the Boston Red Sox have three players on the American League roster for the 2024 MLB All-Star Game. The full rosters were unveiled on Sunday.

Two of the selections are even more surprising—not because they weren’t worthy, but rather because going into the spring, the team and they were both expected to perform poorly.

Rafael Devers, a third baseman for Boston, has been an All-Star in recent years. He has played in the Midsummer Classic three times this season, first in 2022, then in 2021.

Outfielder Jarren Duran and starting pitcher Tanner Houck, who are both selected to make their first All-Star teams, are the two Red Sox players with the most striking names.

It was the first time Boston had accomplished anything since 1992, thanks to the triumvirate.

Since Wade Boggs and Roger Clemens joined the organization in 1992, the Red Sox have been among the most dominating teams in baseball, but their roster has been made up of both players acquired through trade or free agency and homegrown talent.

Notable draft picks or original signings to join Devers in that category include standouts like shortstop Nomar Garciaparra (five-time All-Star with Boston), second baseman Dustin Pedroia (four-time All-Star), outfielder Mookie Betts (four All-Star appearances with Red Sox), and infielder Xander Bogaerts (four-time All-Star with Boston). Star players like designated hitter David Ortiz (10 All-Star selections with the Red Sox), outfielder Manny Ramirez (eight times with Boston), starting pitcher Pedro Martinez (four times named an All-Star), and designated hitter

Despite not being a native of the team, J.D. Martinez (a four-time All-Star with Boston) is one of the biggest stars to play in the Midsummer Classic.

Perhaps the most surprising Red Sox All-Star this season is Houck.

During the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, the 2017 first-round pick made his big-league debut. He went on to show promise in 2021 and 2022, alternating between starting and relief work. After that, Houck declined in 2023, concluding the season with a 6-10 record, 5.01 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and 99 strikeouts in 106 innings pitched over 21 appearances (all starts).

The Missouri product was hit by a line drive during a June start, breaking his face, which kept him out of the game for more than two months the previous season. Houck was not even guaranteed a spot in the rotation going into the spring due to his previous unreliability, but he has reacted to emerge as the staff’s ace this year, owning a 7-6 record with

Leading MLB in triples (10), Duran ranks second in the AL in doubles (24), tied for third in hits (103), fourth in Wins Above Replacement (4.6), and tied for fifth in total bases (177) and stolen bases (21), establishing himself as a mainstay in the Red Sox lineup all season long. The rookie selected in the seventh round of 2018 participated in 33 games in 2021 and 58 in 2022. In 2023, Duran played in 102 games and finished with 8 home runs, 40 RBI, 24 steals, and a slash line of.295/.346/.482 over 332 at-bats.

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