Votto backs Frazier for ASG

Reds first baseman Joey Votto remembered when he was having a great year in 2010 and wasn’t voted to the National League All-Star team — by fans, players or the league. He wasn’t happy about and was ejected from the game at Chicago after his first at-bat after the rosters were announced. Votto earned a spot via the MLB.com Final Vote online, however.

I was asking Votto on Saturday about third baseman Todd Frazier’s improvement as a hitter and player, and Votto made it a point to support Frazier for the All-Star Game.

“First of all, I’d like to say publicly that Todd 100 percent needs to get into that All-Star Game,” Votto said. “It would be a crying shame if he’s not in the All-Star Game. I was in a very similar position to him in 2010. I wasn’t getting a lot of momentum voting wise. My guess is he’ll get voted in by the players. He’s played fantastic. He’s been the best player on our team this year. He has carried us over stretches and come up with big hits. He’s played excellent defensively at third base. He’s been a steady presence in our lineup all year.

Entering tonight batting .290/.356./.519 with 17 home runs and 46 RBIs, Frazier leads NL third basemen in home runs, slugging, stolen bases and extra base hits. He’s well ahead of last year’s pace in most offensive stats after he batted .234/.314/.407 with 19 homers and 73 RBIs for 2013.

“To see him go from last year, which was clearly a frustrating year for him, to in all likelihood get to be an All-Star this year is exactly the type of story you want to tell yourself at the end of the year,” said Votto, a four-time All-Star. “It’s the type of turnaround you work hard for in the off-season. To see the fruits of his labor is fantastic. I’m very happy for him.”

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