Zack Cozart has been elected the starting shortstop for the National League in the MLB All-Star Game. It will be Zack’s first appearance in the game. He narrowly defeated Corey Seager of the Dodgers for the starting role. The All-Star Game will be played July 11 in Miami.

Cozart is enjoying a terrific year both at the plate and in the field, hitting .321/.404/.558 with a 149 wRC+ and ranking as the top-rated defensive shortstop in the NL.

Zack will soon be an owner of a donkey, courtesy of teammate Joey Votto.

“Now I’ve got to go search for some land,” said Zack on his ESPN TV interview. “This is happening, a legit real donkey.”

Joey Votto was also selected to the NL All Star team as a reserve.

Congrats to Zack and Joey from everyone at Redleg Nation!

27 Responses

  1. Marquis

    Error with his batting average. I don’t think it’s .232

  2. msanmoore

    Might want to fix the BA number. I know it’s Thom’s best friend …

  3. Old-school

    Congrats to Cozart and Votto…2 wonderful players.

  4. renbutler

    What, no pitchers? 😉

    Congrats to both guys.

    I don’t know the injury situation, but you’d have to think that Schebler and Duvall would be considered if needed.

    (Don’t get me started on the selection of the backup catcher…)

    • msanmoore

      I’m just as happy Iggy isn’t there this year. It will give him the down time others get. He’ll get his chance – I’m certain of that.

  5. Hotto4Votto

    Both well deserving All Stars. Congrats to both. This whole donkey story is awesome.

  6. TR

    Well deserved recognition for Cozart and Votto. Reminds me of 60 years ago (1957) when fans voted in all eight positions to Reds players. But, I believe, the Commissioner at that time didn’t let it stand.

  7. nicolecushing

    Congrats to Cozart and Votto. Well-deserved for both.

    Some suggestions for the name of the donkey:

    1. Burro Arroyo

    2. Neftali Burro

    3. 5th Starter

    4. Mat

    5. Clint

    • Hotto4Votto

      Marty Burroman?

      They do share a few qualities…

    • lwblogger2

      It’s got to be “Adam” right? In honor of Adam “Big Donkey” Dunn?

  8. Joshg

    Are they using a DH even though in a national league park ?

    • renbutler

      From Wikipedia:

      “In 2010, Major League Baseball announced the designated hitter rule would apply for every All-Star Game; while the 2010 game was already to have the DH, the 2011 game was the first played in a National League park with a DH.”

      As much as I hate the DH, I have no problem with the DH being used in an exhibition like this. The pitchers are chosen for the game because they are the best pitchers, not the best hitters.

  9. cfd3000

    Congrats to Zack Cozart. Well deserved and a great story. And congrats to Joey Votto who should be a perennial all star but continues to be under appreciated by the national baseball audience. Isn’t it time to make Joey Votto officially the captain of the Reds? If his play on the field isn’t enough, his enthusiasm for and promotion of Cozart’s all star chances shows he’s a leader off the field as well. It’s time.

  10. Scotly50

    Both deserved. i thought Duvall had a good enough start. But I guess three off a last place team, would be too much to ask.

  11. Streamer88

    This could not come at a better time for Cinci. Peraza is underperforming and Dilsons shoulder status is what exactly? Dick gets to field trumped up offers for Cozart and if he doesn’t like the market then perhaps look at an extension. Too bad his break out isn’t coinciding with our young pitching blossoming but such is life.

    • Shchi Cossack

      Our young pitching may in fact just be getting ready to blossom. All of the young pitchers have stumbled badly in the initial go-rounds (with the lone exception being Castillo and he may yet stumble), but the 3 pitchers at AAA heading the list of tried and failed are trending in a positive direction and may be getting ready for another shot after the all star break. I don’t think any of the young starters will be on any pitch or inning limitations after the break, so 3 months of additional experience could provide a solid evaluation and experience at the major league level to have some confidence headed into 2018.

      The thing about Cozart’s prospects as a FA, an extension candidate or a trade candidate is the intermingling of those options. If Cozart’s trade market does not materialize, then his prospect as a FA are probably not as good as previously anticipated and if his prospect as a FA is not so gtood, then an extension becomes more cost effective.

      I’m not concerned about signing Cozart to an extension as long as the duration and dollars make sense. If they don’t, then I think the offers that DW fields should make any consideration of an extension a none event. If that occurs, I just hope that Peraza can carry the load at SS until a better SS prospect becomes major league ready.

    • lwblogger2

      Herrera’s shoulder has seemed fine since May when he started playing regularly at 2B and 3B. His hitting also was starting to come around. His latest setback is due to a concussion that he suffered in a collision with another IF.

  12. sultanofswaff

    The media is reporting there is mutual interest in extending Cozy. I’ve been saying for a while the team should at least explore the parameters of an extension.

    Cozart’s body of work with the bat the last couple years convinced me he has turned the corner offensively. Heck, even bad Zack was more valuable than Peraza. I would have no problem giving him 2 years after this one with a team option for a third. The Reds could easily absorb that salary given that so much of the team is pre-arb.

    All that said, you need a manager that won’t run him into the ground in back to back years!

    • Shchi Cossack

      “All that said, you need a manager that won’t run him into the ground in back to back years!”

      Just one of the many items on the laundry list for a manager. This off season is going to define who DW is as President of Baseball Ops and that’s a ‘for better or worse’ deal.

  13. redbonebuck

    The Donkey should be named MOUNTIE right….