Cueto, Frazier, Chapman, Mesoraco make NL All-Star team

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

Brandon Phillips
Joey Votto
Aroldis Chapman

Joey Votto
Jay Bruce
Aroldis Chapman

Jay Bruce
Brandon Phillips
Scott Rolen
Joey Votto

Brandon Phillips
Arthur Rhodes
Scott Rolen
Joey Votto

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.

Selection Process

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.


  1. Steve Mancuso says:

    No Reds players were nominated for the final fan-vote roster spot. The NL options are Justin Morneau, Anthony Rizzo, Anthony Rendon, Justin Upton and Casey McGehee.

  2. Steve Mancuso says:

    Josh Harrison, utility player for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and a fellow alum of Princeton High School, was named to the NL All-Star team.

    1. Redgamer says:

      Harrison selection is probably not fair, but definitely makes the team better given his positional flexibility.

  3. Redgamer says:

    Wow, those are the right choices. I guess Matheny has decided to not keep the reds-cards snub controversy going any longer. While Simon could have been chosen, it totally is reasonable to pick Chapman instead.

    1. vanwilder8 says:

      the players picked Chapman

    2. pinson343 says:

      Metheny did pick Mes and he has shown zero interest in Reds-Cards controversies.

      1. Redsfan48 says:

        Matheny did what any respectable All Star Manager should do, he picked primarily from his division. He recognized the guys that he has to play against, and therefore has seen play more often. Josh Harrison was a bit of a stretch, but when he picked Mesoraco, I gained a little respect for Matheny

  4. At the beginning of the season I don’t think anyone had Mesoraco as an all-star this season. He has been phenomenal thus far and hopefully this is the first of many for him.

    1. Vicferrari says:

      Amazing start, hitting .500 in early May and went down to.294 mid -june, rebounded, hit 5 HR’s games in a row- still maintaining .300 avg…major turn around from his first few seasons not typical

    2. Redsfan48 says:

      Honestly, after trading away Hanigan and all but giving Mesoraco the starting job, I think the reds would have been happy with a .250/.320/.400 slash and maybe 5-10 HRs from him for the entire season. But he’s been phenomenal and all the people that missed Hanigan at first don’t even remember him anymore

  5. hamiltonred says:

    I don’t know about Ramirez over Toddfather @ 3B. Frazier has better OPS and WAR than Ramirez. Also, he has played 23 more games.

    1. hamiltonred says:

      Toddfather is also top 5 in NL in defense.

      1. hamiltonred says:

        Top 5 in defense @ 3B.

    2. Redgamer says:

      Ramirez voted by fans, Brewers had big web push.

      1. hamiltonred says:

        Guess our fans need to step it up going forward. Thanks to the incessant messages @ RLN, I voted.

        1. ToddAlmighty says:

          Leading the division gives fan voting a big push. Being 4th doesn’t. It happens.

          1. Steve Mancuso says:

            Yeah, I think this is the single biggest factor. Speaking for myself only, I felt ambivalent about voting Reds on the All Star team until a couple weeks ago. Certainly not at the start of the voting period. When your team is going better (like Milwaukee) the fans are really enthusiastic about their team. That and the Reds do a crappy job of promoting their players compared to other teams. I’ve had backchannel conversations with them about it and they just don’t see it as a high priority.

        2. hamiltonred says:

          I can see that in the general fandom. Being a RLN regular provides a relatively objective, nuanced perspective. Case in point, I am not disappointed that BP didn’t make it. His offensive numbers (esp. batting cleanup) clearly explain why.

          Anyways, appreciate the feedback Steve and toddalmighty.

        3. Eric the Red says:

          It also didn’t help that we played so few home games during the main push for All Star voting. 16 out of 19 games on the road during the height of “get out the vote” publicity.

    3. Vicferrari says:

      Todd Frazier is an All-Star…are we really debating fan choice? This is an amazing day for baseball fans, hopefully he does something Todd Fatherish like a one armed 2 run HRer and round the bases like he just won the little league world series right after diving into the stands for a foul-pop up

      1. hamiltonred says:

        Yes we are.
        1. Aramis Ramirez, Brewers: 1,790,777
        2. David Wright, Mets: 1,555,717
        3. Pablo Sandoval, Giants: 1,406,026
        4. Matt Carpenter, Cardinals: 1,323,021
        5. Todd Frazier, Reds: 1,224,931

        Toddfather has better OPS and far better WAR than all the other 3B above. So its less than ideal in multiple ways that he doesn’t start ASG @ 3B. As noted by nation members, team performance matters towards votes. Market size may also matter, IMO. There are other subtle factors.

        All in all, it’s great Toddfather is an all-star. Kudos to him. Wish he was starting.

        1. pinson343 says:

          Mehteny’s selection of Carpenter was about making his own guy happy. Rendon and McGehee having much better seasons.

        2. hamiltonred says:

          MLB radio “Inside Pitch” hosts openly criticizing Matheny for Carpenter’s inclusion.

  6. CP (@nomoresalads) says:

    I think the rosters look pretty fair. Although I think B-Ham’s offense is mediocre at best, he probably deserves to be in the all star game too. He could really help the NL out.

    1. ToddAlmighty says:

      I don’t think Hamilton deserved to be voted in, or selected by the players, but I expected him to be on the final vote ballot or whatnot.

      1. ToddAlmighty says:

        I mean, Stanton didn’t even get to be a starter. The only way he could make it into the starting lineup was from being the DH.

    2. Vicferrari says:

      The CS & TOOTBLANs probably caught up with him, the power numbers and OF assist are the only thing that has been surprising the past month…had he batted about .290 and rarely been thrown out he probably gets consideration, solid first half beyond expectations but not All-star- sad to say base running probably been his weak point since April

      1. pinson343 says:

        A tad too negative about Hamilton, I think. He’s not an all star yet and the CS & TOOTLBANs – often at a bad time to run – have been very frustrating. But he’s done more than hit for power and throw runners out. His defense overall has been outstanding and his base running overall is not a weakness.

  7. jdx19 says:

    Big congrats to Devin and Todd. What an accomplishment for these guys!

    1. Vicferrari says:

      WHat about Cueto first ALl-Star nod? I personally hope he does not pitch, so he can go the 1st game back and gets full set of starts for a Cy Young run

      1. pinson343 says:

        Yes, it’s overdue recognition. He’s slated to start on Sunday, so presumably he won’t pitch, but he can attend as an official all star even if Metheny adds a pitcher to replace him. I read that Metheny and Price discussed this in advance.

  8. cfd3000 says:

    Really nice to see three deserving first time all stars from the Reds. Congrats to Cueto, Mesoraco, and Frazier (and Chapman too). For a mid market team in fourth place to land two low profile players (Mesoraco and Frazier) on the team is a very pleasant surprise and much deserved. It says good things about the quality of the team, injuries notwithstanding, that 6 of 8 starting spots are manned by current or former (or in the case of Hamilton, future) all stars. Said with confidence on that last point… I hope they all have as much fun as Sean Casey did on his first when he went with wide eyed enthusiasm and a video camera to record the experience.

  9. pinson343 says:

    I agree with these choices, they’re the 4 guys I wanted to see on the team. I was hearing that Mes might be left out because of his time on the DL, glad that didn’t happen.
    It’s natural that the players would pick Chapman – they’re the ones who have to face him.

  10. Doctor says:

    Reds, Cards, Brewers all have 4 all-stars apiece. Pirates have 3, Cubs 2 counting Smarzdija and maybe a third if Rizzo get voted in. NL Central heavily represented.

  11. I went on record 2 offseasons ago that Mesoraco would be an all-star. Cha-ching. I also said we should explore locking him up to an extension like the Rays did with Longoria. Given the scarcity of power hitters nowadays, it’s an issue the Reds should address.

    Big props to the Toddfather as well. I love me some stats, but what I love even more is when guys defy the statistical projections and show the capacity for adaptation/reinvention. Without that human element, this game would be very boring.

    How is it that Chris Sale has never been an All-Star?!?!

    1. Grand Salami says:

      I could have sworn to watching Sale pitch in last years all star game. He was predictably unhittable.

  12. vegastypo says:

    I’m hoping that if/when a replacement is named for Cueto, it will be Simon. An ERA under 3 and 11 wins should get some attention !!!

  13. pinson343 says:

    A lot of angry noise from the pros on mlbnetwork about Metheny’s selections of Carpenter and Pat Neshek. And this is from people who generally adore the Cardinals. At 3rd base, better choices would have been Anthony Rendon and Casey McGehee. Many relievers more qualified than Nesek, Houston Street was mentioned the most often. Even a Cardinal fan called in to criticize the choice of Carpenter.

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