Frazier making late push in NL All-Star Game vote
PITTSBURGH -- A big push by the Reds to get Todd Frazier elected to start in the All-Star Game at his home ballpark appears to be helping the third baseman's cause. It's also benefitting some of his Cincinnati teammates.
In the latest balloting update released on Tuesday by Major League Baseball, Frazier jumped from third place to second place among NL third basemen while getting 2,368,873 votes in one week.
There is still much work to be done for Reds fans who want Frazier to start the game at Great American Ball Park on July 14, however. His 4,308,446 votes overall trail the leader, Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter, by nearly 1.2 million votes. Frazier now has a healthy 1.2 million vote lead over the player he passed last week, Cubs rookie Kris Bryant.
"That was huge, man. I just saw it online," Frazier said. "It goes to show you the fans of Cincinnati and everywhere in the world, I'm very thankful right now and hopefully it keeps picking up because I think it'd be cool to be a starter. We have nine, 10 days left, let's keep on voting. It's pretty cool.
"It feels like I'm in a political campaign here, it's pretty nice. I think if I wasn't deserving, I wouldn't be talking about it. I really think it's pretty cool and hope they keep doing it, so I'm pretty thankful."
Frazier entered Tuesday batting .292/.356/.636 with 23 home runs and 48 RBIs. He is on pace to hit a club-record 54 homers and could become the first player in Reds history to hit 40 homers and 40 doubles in the same season.
Reds first baseman Joey Votto returned to the Top 5 this week by moving into third place with 2,476,879 votes. Votto trails the D-backs' Paul Goldschmidt (5,867,602 votes) and the Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez by a healthy margin.
At second base, Brandon Phillips has also entered the Top 5 and appeared in fourth place with 2,114,569 votes. Phillips is behind leader Dee Gordon of the Marlins (5,244,914 votes), Kolten Wong and Joe Panik.
Right fielder Jay Bruce reached the top 15 among NL outfielders this week. Bruce is 12th with 1,679,987 votes. Despite being out for the season with a knee injury, shortstop Zack Cozart held on to fifth place with 1,597,967 votes -- well behind leader Jhonny Peralta (5,864,485 votes).
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