Brock Holt to Represent Red Sox at MLB All-Star Game


Brock Holt barely cracked the Red Sox roster last season. He’s since blossomed into an invaluable jack of all trades. The 27-year-old can play seven different positions. Earlier this season he became the first Red Sox player to hit for the cycle since 1996. Now he can add the 2015 All-Star to his resume.

On Monday, Holt was named to the American League All-Star team and will represent the Red Sox at the Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati on June 14. Holt was chosen for the honor over more than worthy candidates in Dustin Pedroia, Clay Buchholz and Xander Bogaerts.

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Considering Holt was just an extra chip in a trade with the Pirates which brought Joel Hanrahan to Boston in 2012, it’s downright remarkable how much Holt has accomplished since debuting with the Red Sox. He’s one of Boston’s most reliable players and comes through whenever Manager John Farrell calls his number. He’s also one of the club’s most productive hitters.

Holt was labeled as the team’s super substitute heading into the 2015 season. He wasn’t expected to play every day, but he’s adapted quickly to his new role. Holt has started 28 of the last 29 games. Even though Holt doesn’t have a set position, he shows an unparalleled willingness to adapt to any situation with a positive demeanor.

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In 66 games this season, Holt is hitting .295 with 2 homers, 21 RBIs and has an ops of .383. He’s added 15 doubles and four triples.

Holt approaches the game with nothing but class and is grateful for the chance to represent his team.

“I’m just going to go out and try to play the game the right way and enjoy every second of it because a lot of people don’t get the opportunity that I have to be able to put on a major-league uniform every day — especially a Boston Red Sox uniform. So it’s pretty special to say that’s what you do. But to be selected to this All-star game is pretty cool,” Holt said about his All-Star nod.