Cincinnati Reds All-Stars: Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips to start game; Aroldis Chapman also selected
Casey Weldon, WCPO Digital
7:11 PM, Jul 6, 2013
1:04 PM, Jul 7, 2013
NEW YORK - Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto and second baseman Brandon Phillips will start for the National League in the 2013 All-Star game.
It was also announced Saturday that left-handed relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman was added to the roster for the July 16 interleague showcase game at Citi Field in New York.
The Reds were one of four teams to have at least two position players selected by fans to start in the annual midsummer classic. The St. Louis Cardinals and the Colorado Rockies also had two players selected, while Baltimore Orioles led the way with three fan-picked starters.
As of Saturday evening, Votto was fourth in the NL with a .322 average. He had 15 home runs and 40 RBIs in 87 games this season. He is also among the league leaders in hits (105), walks (62) and on-base percentage (.433).
Votto, who is making his fourth straight All-Star game appearance (second start), is the first Cincinnati Reds player to start in back-to-back midsummer classics since Barry Larkin (1999-2000).
Phillips is the first Reds second baseman to start in the All-Star game since Joe Morgan accomplished the feat multiple times in the 1970s.
The three-time All-Star enters Sunday among the NL leaders in RBIs (63) and has been among the most clutch performers at the plate all season. He is also a favorite to win his fourth Gold Glove.
Although he has struggled recently, Chapman is still considered the most dominant closer in the game when he's throwing well. The hard-throwing southpaw has 59 strikeouts in just 35 innings of work, placing among the major league leaders in strikeouts per inning pitched.
Chapman's 2.57 ERA is higher than last year's number (2.38), but that hasn't stopped him from converting 20 of 23 save opportunities.
The two-time All-Start will also be able to pitch in front of his parents who defected from Cuba in January, according to Chapman.
While the Reds have had a successful start to the season (50-37), they're not the only team in the NL Central that's impressed so far this season.
The Cardinals are currently 2.5 games ahead of the Reds for second place in league thanks to the performances of All-Star starters Carlos Beltran and Yadier Molina, the NL's top vote-getter.
Infielders Allen Craig and Matt Carpenter, and right-hander Adam Wainwright will also represent St. Louis in New York.
The surprising Pittsburgh Pirates are currently in first place in the Central division with a 53-33 record. While they don't have any starters in the game, Steel City is well represented on the roster with three players: lefty Jeff Locke, third baseman Pedro Alvarez and perennial MVP candidate Andrew McCutchen, one of the most dynamic outfielders in the game.
The team with the most position players selected to start this year is the Orioles, which will have three starters for the first time since Cal Ripken played in 1997.
Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis drew the most fan votes in the major leagues for his first selection. Davis finished with 8,272,243 fan votes to edge Detroit's Miguel Cabrera, who had 8,013,874, for his first All-Star selection.
Davis is the second first-time All-Star to lead the voting, joining Seattle outfielder Ichiro Suzuki (2001). His 33 homers is the seventh best total before the All-Star game in MLB history.
Shortstop J.J. Hardy and outfielder Adam Jones also made it for Baltimore.
Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and injured shortstop Troy Tulowitzki were selected from the Rockies, which earned a pair of selections despite a sub-.500 record (42-45).
A handful of would-be "snubs" in both the American League and the National League have one last chance to make the All-Star game.
Five players in both leagues are nominated for the Final Vote balloting contest, which gives fans an opportunity to vote them into the game. The player in each league who receives the most votes between Saturday evening and Thursday will make the roster.
Los Angeles Dodgers rookie and Cuban defector Yasiel Puig is joined on the NL last-chance ballot by teammate Adrian Gonzalez, shortstop Ian Desmond of Washington, first basemen Freddie Freeman of Atlanta and outfielder Hunter Pence of San Francisco.
The American League's five are all relievers: Detroit's Joaquin Benoit, Toronto's Steve Delabar, the Yankees' David Robertson, Texas' Tanner Scheppers and Boston's Koji Uehara.
You can cast the Final Vote by clicking here of visiting the following link: http://ow.ly/mIJFT.
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Pitchers LHP: Madison Bumgarner, Giants LHP: Aroldis Chapman, Reds LHP: Patrick Corbin, D-backs RHP: Jose Fernandez, Marlins RHP: Jason Grilli, Pirates RHP: Matt Harvey, Mets LHP: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers RHP: Craig Kimbrel, Braves LHP: Cliff Lee, Phillies LHP: Jeff Locke, Pirates RHP: Adam Wainwright, Cardinals LHP: Travis Wood, Cubs RHP: Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals
Reserves C: Buster Posey, Giants 1B: Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs 1B: Allen Craig, Cardinals 2B: Matt Carpenter, Cardinals 2B: Marco Scutaro, Giants SS: Everth Cabrera, Padres SS: Jean Segura, Brewers 3B: Pedro Alvarez, Pirates OF: Domonic Brown, Phillies OF: Michael Cuddyer, Rockies OF: Carlos Gomez, Brewers OF: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
Starters C: Joe Mauer, Twins 1B: Chris Davis, Orioles 2B: Robinson Cano, Yankees SS: J.J. Hardy, Orioles 3B: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers OF: Mike Trout, Angels OF: Adam Jones, Orioles OF: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays DH: David Ortiz, Red Sox
Pitchers RHP: Clay Buchholz *, Red Sox LHP: Brett Cecil, Blue Jays RHP: Bartolo Colon @, A's RHP: Jesse Crain *, White Sox RHP: Yu Darvish, Rangers RHP: Felix Hernandez, Mariners RHP: Hisashi Iwakuma, Mariners RHP: Justin Masterson, Indians RHP: Joe Nathan, Rangers LHP: Glen Perkins @, Twins RHP: Mariano Rivera, Yankees LHP: Chris Sale, White Sox RHP: Max Scherzer, Tigers RHP: Justin Verlander, Tigers
Reserves C: Jason Castro, Astros C: Salvador Perez, Royals 1B: Prince Fielder, Tigers 2B: Jason Kipnis, Indians 2B: Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox 2B: Ben Zobrist, Rays SS: Jhonny Peralta: Tigers 3B: Manny Machado, Orioles OF: Nelson Cruz, Rangers OF: Alex Gordon, Royals OF: Torii Hunter, Tigers DH: Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays
Notes * Chosen on Player Ballot, injured @ Injury replacement