Baseball’s Most Improved Defender, by the Numbers and Eyes

It might be the biggest debate in baseball, statistically speaking. We’re well past RBI and pitcher wins, by now. WAR is a big debate, but not so much because of the offensive statistics, or the baserunning figures. WAR is debated largely due to the thing I had in mind when I wrote that first sentence, the one about the biggest debate in baseball, statistically speaking: defense...
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Red Sox Shortstop Xander Bogaerts: 2015 Was ‘Special Year’ For Me (Video)

Xander Bogaerts became one of the best shortstops in all of Major League Baseball in 2015. He led all American League shortstops in runs, hits, doubles, RBI and batting average. The Boston Red Sox didn’t achieve much success as a team last season, but it was encouraging to see Bogaerts develop into a dependable player both offensively and defensively. Watch Bogaerts discuss 2015...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Dustin Pedroia Embracing Role Of Mentor For Red Sox’s Xander Bogaerts (Video)

It wasn’t too long ago that Dustin Pedroia was a young infielder trying to establish himself with the Boston Red Sox. Now there’s another young infielder poised for stardom, and Pedroia has taken him under his wing. The 32-year-old second baseman has embraced acting as a mentor for Xander Bogaerts. The 23-year-old shortstop made huge strides in 2015, raising his batting average...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. Accept Awards at the Boston Baseball Writers Dinner

Two of the Red Sox’ most promising young players were among the winners at the 2016 Boston Baseball Writers Awards Dinner. Here’s Jackie Bradley Jr and Xander Bogaerts accepting awards and looking pretty friggin spiffy. Major points to X for the tux and newly-bronzed locks, but JBJ keeps pace with the pocket square. X: The post Watch Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr...
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Roster Recap: The Legend of Xander Bogaerts Begins

Welcome to BP Boston’s Roster Recap series! Over the next four months, we’ll be breaking down every player on Boston’s 40-man roster and many of their top prospects in order to provide a comprehensive overview of the Red Sox roster’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as what we can expect moving forward. There’s no better time than the offseason to review the best (there...
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January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Xander Bogaerts wins AL Silver Slugger

Ian Vescera (@Ian_Vescera)Contributing WriterPhoto via espn.comXander Bogaerts won the American League Silver Slugger award at shortstop on Thursday night. He was the lone Red Sox representative to do so. Bogaerts hit .320 with a .355 OBP, .421 slugging percentage, .776 OPS, 7 homer runs, 35 doubles, 3 triples and 81 RBIs. This was his first Silver Slugger award.Bogaerts also hit...
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November 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Xander Bogaerts takes home AL Silver Slugger at shortstop

Two days after coming up just short of a Gold Glove, Xander Bogaerts was honored with the American League’s Silver Slugger Award at shortstop. The Silver Slugger Award is given to the top offensive player at each position in both leagues, and it is voted on by coaches and managers. Bogaerts, who became the youngest Red Sox to win a Silver Slugger at 23 years old, was second...
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November 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Xander Bogaerts Nearing Superstar Status As Red Sox Close Book On 2015

CLEVELAND — Xander Bogaerts didn’t reach 200 hits. Who cares? Bogaerts, who finished with 196 hits after a 1-for-3 effort Sunday in the Boston Red Sox’s season finale against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field, did more than enough in 2015 to cement himself as one of Major League Baseball’s up-and-coming stars. It speaks volumes about his hard work and dedication...
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October 04, 2015  |  Discuss

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