Four players — Johnny Cueto, Super Todd Frazier, Aroldis Chapman and Devin Mesoraco — will represent the Cincinnati Reds on the National League All-Star team.
The 85th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played in Minneapolis on Tuesday, July 15 at Target Field. Cincinnati will host the 2015 All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park.
Reds All-Star History
The last starting pitcher from the Reds to be named to the All-Star team was Edinson Volquez in 2008.
In 1976, the Reds had All-Stars at catcher (Bench), first base (Perez), second base (Morgan), third base (Rose), shortstop (Concepcion) outfield (Griffey and Foster).
In 1977, the Reds also had seven All-Stars. They added Tom Seaver (pitcher) and subtracted Tony Perez, who had been traded the 1976 off-season to Montreal.
Pete Rose made the All-Star team 17 times. Hank Aaron holds the record of 21 appearances. Stan Musial and Willie Mays each appeared 20 times.
Here’s how players are chosen for the All-Star teams.
Fan voting (8 NL players; 9 AL players): Baseball fans vote on the starting position players for the All-Star Game. In games with the designated hitter, the American League DH is also selected in this manner (and the National League DH is selected by the manager).
Player voting (16 players): Eight pitchers (five starters and three relievers) and one back-up player for each position are elected by the players, coaches, and managers. If the top vote-getter at a position has also been selected via fan voting, the second-place finisher in this category is selected.
Manager selection (9 NL players; 8 AL players): The manager of each league’s All-Star team – in consultation with the other managers in his league and the Commissioner’s Office – fills his team’s roster up to 33 players. The NL manager will also select his team’s designated hitter. Every team must be represented by at least one player and the manager is responsible for assuring that with his picks.
Final vote (1 player): After the list of 33 players for each league is announced, fans vote on the Internet for one additional player, chosen from a list of 5 players that is compiled by the manager of each league’s team and the Commissioner’s Office.
Replacements: After the roster is selected, the All-Star manager and the Commissioner’s Office will replace players who are injured, decline to participate, and pitchers who started on the Sunday before the game.
Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.