J.D. Martinez explains what he would change about All-Star voting


J.D. Martinez currently is the leading vote-getter at designated hitter for this year's All-Star Game, but that doesn't mean he approves of the voting process.

The Red Sox slugger explained to Chris Mason of the Eagle-Tribune that while he understands Major League Baseball leaving the voting to the fans, he doesn't necessarily think it's the most efficient method.

"I believe that the players and coaches should vote," Martinez said.

Simple enough, right? Well, the problem is MLB isn't likely to let that happen anytime soon, and Martinez is well-aware of that.

"I get that it's fun for the fans and stuff like that, I get why MLB does it, at the end of the day it's a business and they have to promote it."

Martinez and teammate Mookie Betts both are finalists to start in this year's midsummer classic, but the snubs of shortstop Xander Bogaerts and third baseman Rafael Devers didn't sit well with the Red Sox DH.

"Of course, that's what I'm saying," Martinez told Mason regarding Bogaerts and Devers being left out. "When the players vote I feel like they do a good job." 

This isn't Martinez's first time making his feelings known on flawed voting processes. During spring training, the 31-year-old said in order for a DH to win the MVP award, they'd have to "walk on water."

The 2019 All-Star Game will take place July 9 at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

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