ST. LOUIS -- For a third straight week, Zack Cozart is first among National League shortstops on the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, and he has almost guaranteed himself a spot in his first MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.With just over three days left to vote, Cozart leads in
ST. LOUIS -- For a third straight week, Zack Cozart is first among National League shortstops on the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, and he has almost guaranteed himself a spot in his first MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.
With just over three days left to vote, Cozart leads in the latest NL update with 1,915,806 votes, which is over 250,000 more than Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager (1,657,732), despite Seager leading all NL shortstops in home runs (12). Addison Russell of the Cubs is in third place with 1,204,204 votes.
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Despite spending the past week on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right quad, Cozart is in the midst of the best season of his career. He is hitting .320/.404/.562, leading all shortstops in those three categories.
"His performance has separated him from the pack," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "I think, certainly, it's well deserved. … His overall workload is representative of an All-Star starting position."
Cozart is expected to return from the DL when he is eligible on Wednesday. If he is voted in by the fans, he would be the first Reds player to start in the All-Star Game since Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips in 2013.
Other Reds showing up in the voting are Votto and Adam Duvall. Votto remains in fifth place among first basemen (703,832), but he is over one million votes behind the leader, Ryan Zimmerman, of the Nationals. Duvall, who ranks 10th among outfielders (664,379), is more than 100,000 votes behind Yoenis Cespedes of the Mets in ninth place.
Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB.com At Bat and MLB.com Ballpark mobile apps. Vote up to five times in any 24-hour period for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.
The Esurance All-Star Selection Show will take place on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. Following the unveiling of the 2017 All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player on each league's All-Star roster. Then on Tuesday, July 11, while watching the 2017 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard live on FOX, fans may visit MLB.com to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.
The 88th Midsummer Classic, at Marlins Park in Miami, will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM will have comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @AllStarGame on social media.
Alaina Getzenberg is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis who covered the Reds on Monday.