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Cincinnati Reds Third Baseman Todd Frazier Will Take Part in 2014 Home Run Derby

July 9th, 2014 at 1:48 PM
By Cody Dalga

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki had the daunting task of being named captain of the National League Home Run Derby Squad. After considering all of his options he texted none other than Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier to ask if the 27-year old slugger would like to participate in the 2014 Gillette Home Run Derby which takes place Monday, July 14th.

"He approached me through text message and I said, 'Hopefully you'll consider me,'" Frazier said. "He got back to me the next day and said, 'You're the man.' So I can't wait to see the excitement and the nerves and the buildup. It'll be pretty cool."

Frazier is currently sitting at 17 home runs, two shy of his career-high. He currently leads all third baseman in the National League in home runs and ranks third overall in the NL. 

"It's a great thing for him," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "He has a very good approach at the plate that you don't want to see change. There are things that happen after the Home Run Derby that you don't know what to attribute them to, good and bad. But he's a professional and he knows how to hit and he hits home runs all the time, so I think he would be a very strong candidate as well because I know he can put the ball well beyond the fences."

Frazier will join Tulowitzki, Yasiel Puig, and Giancarlo Stanton as the National League team. Captain Jose Bautista, Brian Dozier, Adam Jones, and defending champion Yoenis Cespedes make up the American League team. The final spot on each team will be announced Thursday. He will become the first player from the Cincinnati Reds since Ken Griffey Jr. in 2000 to participate in the derby. 
 
With a new format, each participant will get seven outs instead of the normal 10. The participant with the highest amount of home runs will receive a free pass into the third round, which is the semifinals. The next two players with the most home runs will then face off in a head-to-head matchup. The two winners then go into the semis against the top home run hitter from the first round. 
 
The Home Rub Derby will begin at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN. 
Tags: Baseball, Bryan Price, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, MLB, todd frazier

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