Saturday, July 6, 2013

Joey Votto headlines three Reds heading to All-Star game


On Saturday, Major League Baseball announced the rosters for the 2013 All-Star Game to be played July 16 at Citi Field. As fate would have it, at least three Reds players made the cut.

The trio of Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, and Aroldis Chapman are heading to New York after they were selected to play for the National League squad. Votto and Phillips have both been named starters after winning the fan vote at their respective positions.

This marks the fourth career All-Star selection for Votto and the second straight season he has earned the start at first base via fan vote. The Canadian native leads the majors in on-base percentage (.433) and is hitting .323 with 15 home runs and 40 RBI.

For Phillips, this All-Star selection is the third in his big league career, and his first career start. The 32-year-old is currently hitting .265 with 12 home runs and 63 RBI. Phillips is on pace to surpass his single-season career-high RBI total of 98 set in 2009.

Chapman will be making his second consecutive trip to the Midsummer Classic. The 25-year-old boasts a 3-3 record, 2.57 ERA, and 20 saves in 38 appearances. He has struck out 52 batters in just 35 innings pitched.

Jay Bruce, Mat Latos, and Shin-Soo Choo figure to be replacement candidates should one of the current players on the National League team get injured or be unable to play.

Here is a look at the full rosters.

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