Votto lauds Frazier as strong All-Star candidate

Votto lauds Frazier as strong All-Star candidate

SAN FRANCISCO -- Reds third baseman Todd Frazier has not been shy about his desire to go to the All-Star Game for the first time. Frazier, however, currently resides outside of the top five in fan balloting.

When asked Saturday about Frazier's success this season, first baseman Joey Votto was also not shy about promoting his teammate.

"First of all, I'd like to say publicly that Todd 100 percent needs to get into that All-Star Game. It would be a crying shame if he's not in the All-Star Game," Votto said. "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."

Frazier entered Saturday leading all National League third basemen in home runs, slugging percentage, 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 in 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 NL All-Star. "It's the type of turnaround you work hard for in the offseason. To see the fruits of his labor is fantastic. I'm very happy for him."

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15 on FOX.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.