Cozart has never made an All-Star team. If he started, he would be the first Reds shortstop to start since Barry Larkin in 2000.
Cozart is more concerned about the fact that the Reds (25-30) had lost five of their last six games heading into the start of a four-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday at Great American Ball Park.
“My goals are all team oriented,” Cozart said. “I want to win. Simple. That’s it.”
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Cozart has been a bright start since Opening Day. He ranks second in the league in hitting (.344). He’s third in on-base percentage (.432). He leads NL shortstops in those categories and many more, including home runs (9) and RBIs (33).
Cozart was an All-Star candidate a year ago when he hit .267 with 14 home runs before the break.
“I don’t think I was having that great of a year compared to this year last year,” Cozart said. “I was doing OK, but the shortstop position was a little deeper, doing a little better. I knew with Addison Russell winning the fan vote, they only took one other shortstop. I knew I would be that odd man out. That’s the thing. I wish we could somehow fix the voting. I’m not saying I was snubbed last year, but certain guys get snubbed because the starters are usually a fan favorite or from a big-market team, and sometimes they don’t deserve it. So it takes away from somebody else, which is unfortunate. That’s just the way it is.”
Cardinals at Reds, 7:10 p.m., FS Ohio, 1410, 700