Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, third baseman Scott Rolen, and reliever Arthur Rhodes were named to the National League Al-Star team today.
However, maybe the Red most deserving of the honor, Joey Votto, was left off the team.
Some are calling it the biggest all-star snub in years. Votto, currently batting .313 with 19 home runs and 59 RBI ranks in the top five among NL leaders in batting average, home runs, RBI, runs, total bases, walks, on-base percentage and slugging.
Votto has also reached base safely in 41 consecutive games.
Since 1952, there has never been a NL player to rank in the top five in BA, HR, and RBI and not make the All-Star team.
Though he has consistently been one of the best first baseman in the NL and has a lifetime batting average of .310, Votto has never been named to an All-Star team.
Despite his all-star numbers, Votto has always been an afterthought behind big market NL first basemen such as Albert Pujols, Ryan Howard and Prince Fielder.
The All-Star nomination was the first for Phillips and Rhodes, and the sixth for Rolen.
Phillips is batting .308 on the year with 10 home runs and 27 RBI. Rolen sits at .302 with 17 long balls and 56 RBI.
Arthor Rhodes has been the Reds best reliever all year with a 1.09 ERA and WHIP of .91 in 37 appearances. At one point in the season, King Arthur had a 34-apperence scoreless streak.
The 2010 All-Star game in Los Angeles will be the first game the Reds have sent more than the minimum one player to the game in five years.
Though Votto was left off the initial All-Star roster, he is one of five players who could receive the final NL roster spot.
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