Well, so much for Reds fans having to worry about any All-Star snubs this year. Griping seems like a rite of passage when discussing the selections for the Mid-Summer Classic, but that won’t be the case this season.
Three Cincinnati players – right fielder Jay Bruce, second baseman Brandon Phillips and first baseman Joey Votto – were named to the team on Sunday. All of the players will be reserves (voted in by their peers) and this will mark Bruce’s first All-Star game. Phillips and Votto – the 2010 National League MVP – will each be making their second appearances. They participated in their first All-Star game last year.
Entering Sunday, Bruce was batting .267 with a team-high 18 home runs and 51 RBIs. Phillips was batting .296 with eight homers and 45 RBIs. The two-time reigning Gold Glove winner is also playing his usual spectacular defense. (And it should be noted Bruce is clearly one of the best defensive RF in all of MLB.)
Votto’s stats have dropped off a bit this season, due in part to opposing teams pitching around him more often, but he’s still putting up excellent numbers. Entering Sunday, Votto was batting .316 with 12 HRs and 51 RBIs.
The All-Star game will be played in Phoenix on Tuesday, July 12.