CINCINNATI -- During his breakout first year with the Reds in 2017, second baseman Scooter Gennett didn't become a regular in their lineup until the second half. Gennett deserves credit, and perhaps recognition, because he's backed it with another strong performance thus far in '18.• VOTE: 2018 Camping World MLB
CINCINNATI -- During his breakout first year with the Reds in 2017, second baseman Scooter Gennett didn't become a regular in their lineup until the second half. Gennett deserves credit, and perhaps recognition, because he's backed it with another strong performance thus far in '18.
• VOTE: 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot
Gennett is among eight members of the Reds for fans to vote on in this year's Camping World All-Star Ballot, released on Friday. He is seeking his first selection as an All-Star.
Voting is coming at a good time for Gennett, as he finished May as the National League's leader in batting average and twice won NL Player of the Week honors during the month.
"I feel like last year I hit the ball well, and it's continued into this season," Gennett said earlier this week. "I'm not doing anything different, my approach is the same. ... It's one of those things where why change something up if we've had success? [I'm] not worrying about an 0-for here or there and not letting it change anything, and [I'm] just sticking with what works."
Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot until Thursday, July 5, at 11:59 p.m. ET. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps. Each fan can vote up to five times in any 24-hour period for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.
Following the announcement of this year's All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Final Vote for the final player on each league's roster. Then on Tuesday, July 17, while watching the 2018 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 2018 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.
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Besides Gennett, the other Reds on the ballot are first baseman and five-time All-Star Joey Votto, catcher Tucker Barnhart, shortstop Jose Peraza, third baseman Eugenio Suarez, center fielder Billy Hamilton and right fielder Scott Schebler. Left fielder Jesse Winker is also on the ballot instead of former All-Star Adam Duvall.
In 2017, the Reds had two NL All-Stars in Votto and Zack Cozart, but only Cozart was elected via the fan vote.
Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.