The Boston branch of the BBWAA has awarded Xander Bogaerts last night during the annual BBWAA Awards Dinner. Xander has been given the Jackie Jensen Spirit Award. The Jackie Jensen Spirit Award is presented annually to a major league player for “spirit and determination”.
Xander Bogaerts had a spectacular season in 2016. For a long time his batting average was well above .300 but unfortunately, it just dropped below .300 in the final weeks of the season.
Last season he posted his second best career numbers with his defense. Only in 2015, he did better with a fielding percentage of .984, but last season he had a .979 fielding percentage, committing only twelve errors in 157 games.
The 24-year old shortstop from Aruba is a fixed value for the Red Sox since 2014, even though they tried to convert him into a third baseman first before they saw that his real value was at shortstop.
The Jackie Jensen Spirit Award was first presented in 1990 and was named after the late Red Sox outfielder, who starred with Boston from 1954-59 and 1961.
Xander will only be one of two Red Sox players who represent their country in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. For Xander it will be the second time that he will participate in this prestigious event. The first time was in 2013 when he played at third base for team Netherlands, at the request of the Boston Red Sox.