Zack Cozart’s career year has brought plenty of positives. He jumped Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Cory Seager in the National League All-Star balloting last week, and was told by teammate and Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto he was getting a donkey if he made the All-Star team.
Yes. A donkey.
“I don’t know why I like donkeys so much,” Cozart told MLB Network Radio. “Maybe because they look like they’re real chill.”
Cozart is hitting .324 with nine home runs and 33 RBIs. He’s carried a massive .411 on-base percentage and a .982 .OPS.
Cozart, who has always been considered a top defensive shotstop but struggled regularly at the plate, has hit .252 over his career with a .300 .OBP.
The longtime Red is leading the National League among shortstops with 997,996 votes to Seager’s 804,788. He’s often mentioned as trade bait, given his monster year, this being his contract year, and the Reds having piled their minor leagues and bench with young infielders.
The shortstop began appreciating donkeys when he would visit a donkey farm in Arizona, located near the team’s spring training facility in Goodyear.
“There’s a donkey farm where you can feed the donkeys,” Cozart told MLB Network radio.
“(Joey Votto) was like, ‘You make the All Star team, I’m going to get you a donkey.’ I’m like Joey, I don’t need a donkey right now, but if anybody knows Joey, and I do, and if it happens, he’s going to show up with a donkey somehow.