Toms River’s Todd Frazier named to All-Star Team
Toms River's Todd Frazier has been named to the National League All-Star team.
The 28-year-old Cincinnati Reds third baseman is one of 25 first-time all-stars named on Sunday; he was voted onto the team by the players. He is also one of four members of the Reds on the team joining Johnny Cueto, Aroldis Chapman and Devin Mesoraco.
"Frazier earned a well-deserved spot on the National League All Star team after having a tremendous first-half for the Reds," said Kevin Williams of the Shore Sports Network.
"Can't believe I made my 1st all star game. Can't wait," tweeted the third baseman with a picture of his infant son Blake sitting on his lap. An exited Frazier told Cincinnati.com, "It's an unbelievable time. I'm just very, very happy right now. This week coming up is going to be awesome."
Todd's parents Charlie and Joan were in Cincinnati when they got the news. "Todd is really excited and feels like he has accomplished one of his goals," said Charlie, who is looking for to the scramble to make arrangements for the family, including brothers Charlie Jr. and Jeff and their wives. to get to Minneapolis for the game next Tuesday at Target Field.
Nicknamed "Toad," it's the latest accomplishment by the Point Pleasant native whose first time in the national spotlight was in 1998 as a member of the Toms River "Beast of the East" team that won the Little League World Series. Toms River Mayor Tom Kelaher offered congratulations on behalf of the township. “I’m thrilled that he has the chance to represent the Cincinnati Reds in the upcoming All-Star Game. Todd helped put Toms River baseball on the map when he and his young teammates won the Little League World Series back in 1998. I know his parents and I’m sure they’re thrilled, as well. Best of luck to him.”
Rutgers University, where Frazier played baseball from 2005-2007, tweeted their congratulations and noted that he is the first Scarlet Knight named to the MLB All-Star team since New Brunswick's Eric Young made the team in 1996. The righthander who leads the Red in homeruns for the season still holds the Rutgers' record for career home runs with 42.
Frazier, who ranks third in the National League for home runs, would participate in the Home Run Derby if asked. "I'd love to be in there. I did a high school one," he told Cincinnati.com. "The metal bats helped out. That would be pretty cool."
Kevin Williams contributed to this report
- Four Reds named NL All-Stars / Cincinnati.com
- Toms River's Todd Frazier named to first All-Star Game / Asbury Park Press