Voting has begun for the MLB All-Star Game, to be played July 12 at San Diego’s Petco Park. A few minutes ago, the league released the current standings in National League voting and Zack Cozart remains fifth in the voting for shortstops.
Cozart is worthy of All-Star recognition. He is among league leaders in batting average, home runs, runs scored, isolated power, slugging percentage and overall offensive numbers like OPS and wRC+. He is also one of the best defensive shortstops based on defensive runs saved, range and Inside Edge fielding.
A case could also be made for Adam Duvall. He leads NL outfielders in home runs, isolated power and slugging percentage. He’s among league leaders in defensive performance for outfielders based on defensive runs saved.
Both of their elections are against the odds. Given how Cubs-crazed fans will stuff the ballot box, the best we can do is get Cozart and Duvall close enough to become a manager’s pick.
Yes, someone from the Reds has to be on the team. We know for sure it won’t be a relief pitcher.
Vote for Zack, Adam and any other Reds player here.
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.