Frazier just behind Carpenter

The final MLB All-Star ballot update was released on Monday, and it showed that the race for National League third baseman is about as tight as it can get with just a few days left in the voting.

Reds 3B Todd Frazier is within 62,980 votes Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter. On June 16 he faced a deficit of more than 2.5 million votes.

Here are this week’s totals:

Carpenter — 6,252,327
Frazier — 6,189,347

The 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, which is available exclusively online for the first time via, club sites and mobile devices, will be accessible until the voting period ends Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Click here to vote:


anyone know if the old 580 shop moved or is it totaling out of business—also the Reds need to seek some of their farm graduates in this trade cycle.

Didn’t think he could catch Carpenter, but look like he going to. He deserves it.

No question that Frazier deserves it over Carpenter. And, I also, thought there was a ‘snowballs chance in hell’ that Frazier could make up 1.6 million votes in a matter of days. Amazing what a computer and index finger can do.

well its bye bye time still a basebafan, but after 66years can not stand Rrds ownersship Jocketty has ruined the experience for me.

I have already voted. Hope Frazier goes ahead of Carpenter and starts the All Star game for the NL. I know the Reds have been getting a lot of hits in the last2 or 3 games, but I sure wish Walt Jocketty (GM) of the REDS, would make some trades and get some hitters to improve the team. Also get some more pitching, especially starters. Can’t win with what they have right now. Make some real smart moves Mr.
Jocketty and get the REDS rolling on a positive note, BUT, do it NOW!!!!!!!!

Won’t happen before all-star game. Imagine seeing Cueto in the all-star game in a San Francisco or New York Yankee or another uniform other than Cincinnati Reds?!*
Besides, it’s only a couple of weeks away, now.

ALL STAR game is important and I hope Frazier wins 3rd. base, wish Votto & Phillips could to. What I wish more is that the REDS GM, Walt Jocketty makes some smart trades and brings in some ready major league material HITTERS & PITCHERS, especially starting pitching. There are 4 to 6 REDS players that have a lot of value and being 15 to 16 games out, moves need to be made and made now. No more
excuses as in the past why this player or that player could not be gotten, just do it. Other teams do it, especially the Cardinals. Why can’t the REDS. So please Mr. GM get out and get some players that want to play NOW!

Calm down dude. Nobody is going anywhere until after the all star break, and that’s the way it should be! I don’t know about you. But the last time we get to see Cueto pitch, it be pretty fitting to see him do it at the all star game…IN A REDS JERSEY. If he makes the team.

Especially starting pitching? This team might have the best starting rotation depth in the bigs bud. We don’t need starting pitching at all.

The only thing this team needs is a new manager, and possibly a new front office. But when it comes down to it. X’s and O’s, and lineup wise, Bryan Price is the worst manager in the bigs. He’s got no clue. I could a better job and I guarantee that!

Mike. I agree with you on a new manager and front office . Although I like the young arms in the Reds starting rotation, they are not the best or almost the best in baseball . A lot of you complained about the Reds putting the all star game ahead of what’s good for the team . That’s what you’re doing worrying about what uniform Cueto should be wearing IF he makes the team .

I never did. Johnny has done way to much for this city, and he loves this city. Fact of the matter is, this city (and organization) has done a ton for him, and they will send him off the best possible way because they know it’s going to be VERY hard for him and his teammates. It’s what he deserves. He deserves to be in Cincinnati, as a Red, for this all star game. This team has no chance this year and we all know that now so in my opinion, trading him now doesn’t help us for this year in anyway. It will in fact make us worse. So send him off in style and with class, and let him be in a Reds uniform or hat for All star weekend.

Frazier update – he’s now 35 votes closer. I weighed in.

I second that and did the same from a different email address. 60 votes for Frazier (and Votto….and Phillips lol) from me! He’s the one guy on our team who deserves to start the all star game.

By the way – is Mike Pelfrey related to Doug Pelfrey? Do NOT say ‘son’! If I want to feel old I can look in the mirror.

Interesting article; explains the relationship of GM and Angels Manager/team.
I would love for Scioscia to rebuild and guide the Reds in 2016 and beyond.
Tensions return between Angels’ front office, manager Scioscia
Ken Rosenthal
FOX Sports
JUN 29, 2015 10:33p ET
At the end of the 2012 season, Angels owner Arte Moreno resolved the tension between general manager Jerry Dipoto and manager Mike Scioscia by retaining both and forcing them to keep working together.
Nearly three years later, that tension is back and far more pervasive, extending to the Angels coaches and even the players, according to major-league sources.
Emotions simmered in a series of meetings over the weekend when Dipoto expressed frustration with the coaches’ failure to convey scouting information to the players, sources said. At least one coach responded heatedly to Dipoto and first baseman Albert Pujols issued a pointed rebuttal to his GM, sources said.
The intervention of Dipoto in such a forceful manner is uncommon even in an era when GMs are exerting more authority over in-game strategy. It also comes at a time when Scioscia, the longest-tenured manager in baseball, could choose to make the current season his final one with the Angels.
Scioscia, 56, signed a 10-year extension with the team through 2018 in January 2009. The contract, however, gives him the right to opt out after 2015 and forfeit the $18 million that he is owed over his final three seasons.
Dipoto did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Scioscia, through a club spokesman, declined comment for this story, but told reporters after Monday night’s game, “There’s really nothing to say about anything that might or might not have happened. Jerry and I work together the same way we’ve worked the last couple of years, and that’s where we are.”
The rift between the two in 2012 stemmed in part from Scioscia’s resistance to data prepared by Dipoto and his staff. The current problems are rooted in a similar issue.
Dipoto, according to sources, believes that the coaches too often rely on “feel” while teams such as the AL West-leading Astros are at the forefront of incorporating data. The coaches, in turn, seemingly do not trust the information they are given, and either are not willing or able to translate it for the players.
The philosophical differences between the two sides were not as apparent last season, when the Angels won 98 games and reached the postseason for the first time since 2009. But the team’s mediocre performance amid high expectations this season have sparked fresh discord.
The Angels were 39-37 entering Monday’s play, four games behind the Astros. The team’s offense, even with two of the game’s best hitters, Pujols and Mike Trout, ranked 12th in the AL in runs per game.
One source raised the possibility that the various disputes ultimately could prove beneficial to the club, the way a series of family squabbles sometimes helps clear the air.
Others, however, viewed the eruption as a resumption of hostilities between Dipoto and Scioscia, who also were at odds in 2013 but seemingly had built a working professional relationship that appeared quite functional last season and as recently as spring training this year.
According to sources:
● Dipoto met with Scioscia and his coaching staff on Friday, and the exchange turned contentious when the GM asked the coaches to better communicate to the players scouting reports and statistical information provided by the front office.
● In a separate meeting with the players, coaches and Scioscia on Sunday, Dipoto informed the players that they would now be given the information directly by the front office; they then could decide whether or not to use it.
That meeting, Scioscia told reporters, “was just scouting information, scouting reports . . . we’re just getting reports to guys a little bit differently than we had before.”
● Pujols challenged Dipoto during that second gathering, saying that the coaches are working as hard to prepare the players as they did last season, but that the roster is not as strong as it was a year ago.
The data from the front office is intended to provide guidance on how to position defenders in shifts and how to pitch hitters in specific counts and locations, among other uses, sources said.
Entering Monday night’s play, the Angels ranked 19th in the majors with 212 defensive shifts, while the Astros were second with 939, according to STATS LLC. Scioscia and his staff, however, could argue that all of that shifting was not necessarily giving the Astros a competitive advantage over their own club.
The Angels, according to Baseball Prospectus, ranked third in defensive efficiency, the rate at which balls in play are converted into outs by a team’s defense. The Astros ranked fifth.
Scioscia, like most managers, is loyal to his coaches, and would consider an attack on them an attack on his own leadership. Dipoto angered him in ’12 by firing Mickey Hatcher, Scioscia’s close friend, former teammate and hitting coach with the Angels for 12 seasons.
The two also had other skirmishes that season, but Moreno refused to choose between them, leaving them with no choice but to patch their relationship. Moreno’s feelings on the current dispute are not known.
For the moment, Dipoto is trying to land another hitter to help fill a void created in part by Moreno’s decision to trade Josh Hamilton to the Rangers after the outfielder, a recovering addict, experienced a relapse involving alcohol and cocaine. The Angels’ offense also took a hit when Dipoto traded second baseman Howie Kendrick last offseason for left-hander Andrew Heaney, a highly regarded pitching prospect.
Should the Angels fail to reach the postseason for the fifth time in six years, Scioscia at least will be in position to re-evaluate his future with the team, knowing that a number of managing positions could open this offseason.
Scioscia, who is from a suburb of Philadelphia, could be attractive to the Phillies. He also could appeal to the other two teams in Southern California, the Padres and Dodgers, as well as other clubs.
Then again, after 16 seasons with the Angels, Scioscia might not be interested in going anywhere. The Phillies are rebuilding. The Padres recently fired his former pitching coach, Bud Black, as manager. The Dodgers, Scioscia’s only team during his 13-year playing career, seem comfortable with manager Don Mattingly and lean heavily on statistical analysis.

Sad when GM bypasses manager and goes directly to player. Unfortunately I think you are beginning to see the new age of baseball. Complex computer programs that can analyze and process a statistic in a hundred different ways. Instant data, always connected, and instant gratification(sound familiar). Is the day comming when the manager is just a figurehead to carry out real time communications from upper management????? I think it is a possibility.

I was taken back by this article. What perplexes me is that it is happening to the Angels. I would not have suspected this coming from a team that has such a positive and loyal owner like Arte Moreno. Wonder if I can find out where the Reds rank…”Entering Monday night’s play, the Angels ranked 19th in the majors with 212 defensive shifts, while the Astros were second with 939, according to STATS LLC.”.
Also I have to wonder how Jocketty and Price work on a daily basis.

In all honesty, I can’t wait to see the lineup Price puts together for the all start game. He’s such a horrible lineup builder that he’ll probably bat Harper and Goldschimdt 8 and 9. LMAO

Price doesn’t make the lineup out for the all star game . Bochy does . Lol

LOL, I know. But he’ll find some way to screw it up!

1976…now that…was a team!
ESPN – David Schoenfield, SweetSpot blogger (excerpt)
Last week, seven Kansas City Royals led the American League All-Star voting. This week, it’s down to five Royals, as Josh Donaldson passed Mike Moustakas at third base and Nelson Cruz passed Kendrys Morales at DH. Some of those seven are deserving All-Stars, while others are good candidates, and Omar Infante shouldn’t be starting for the Royals, let alone in an All-Star Game.

My editor asked for a little research project: Has any team ever deserved to have seven of its players start the All-Star Game?

Of course, not everybody has the same definition of what constitutes an All-Star. Some fans consider only the current season; others like to include past performance. I think it should be a little of both. That gets into some judgment calls, however, which makes researching this a little more difficult. I stuck strictly to the numbers. On FanGraphs, you can search by first-half WAR going back to 1974, so I looked at each season since 1974 and noted the top two players in WAR at each position at the All-Star break.

No team had more than four deserving starters by this method. One team, however, did come close to seven starters.

1976 Cincinnati Reds

C — Johnny Bench (.234/.350/.411, 9 HRs, 45 RBIs, 2.8 WAR)

2B — Joe Morgan (.330/.463/.612, 14 HRs, 62 RBIs, 5.0 WAR)

SS — Dave Concepcion (.263/.330/.391, 6 HRs, 33 RBIs, 2.3 WAR)

LF — George Foster (.327/.380/.565, 17 HRs, 72 RBIs, 4.0 WAR)

It’s probably not too surprising the Big Red Machine shows up. The ’76 Reds were an offensive power and led the NL in every offensive category: home runs, batting average, steals, doubles, triples, hits, walks and, of course, runs. They scored 857 runs, 87 more than the Phillies and a whopping 212 more than the NL average. Bench led NL catchers in WAR, even though he wasn’t having a big season by his standards, and Concepcion was a defensive whiz who hit well for a shortstop of that era.

Remarkably, the Reds had three more players who ranked second at their positions at the break:

1B — Tony Perez (.259/.326/.450, 11 HRs, 59 RBIs, 1.6 WAR)

3B — Pete Rose (.335/.432/.458, 6 HRs, 38 RBIs, 4.5 WAR)

RF — Ken Griffey Sr. (.340/.412/.460, 4 HRs, 50 RBIs, 2.6 WAR)

Perez benefitted from a weak group at first base, and Rose ranked third in the NL in WAR, behind Mike Schmidt and Morgan. Overall, these seven players ranked second, third, sixth, 10th, 11th, 15th and 28th in the NL in WAR at the break.

The eighth starter was pretty good as well. Center fielder Cesar Geronimo was hitting .315/.392/.462 and ranked 22nd among NL position players, albeit behind four other center fielders.

For the All-Star Game, five Reds were voted starters: Rose, Morgan, Foster, Bench and Concepcion. Perez and Griffey made it as reserves. Reds players recorded seven of the NL’s 10 hits in the game, including a Foster home run, and the NL stars won 7-1.

Mike . You’re probably right . Just having Price near the lineup card is scary.

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