If Reds’ Zack Cozart becomes an All-Star, Joey Votto will buy him a donkey

If Zack Cozart gets selected to the National League All-Star team, it will mean two things: He’s one of the league’s favorite shortstops … and he’ll get a donkey.

Yes, you read that correctly — a donkey. That’s what Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto said he would buy his teammate Cozart if he makes the All-Star Team. Apparently, Cozart is a fan of the animal and, knowing this, Votto went out of his way to raise the stakes:

“I don’t know why I like donkeys so much; maybe because they look like they’re real chill,” Cozart said.

But Votto didn’t just stop with the promise of getting Cozart a donkey — he pulled out all stops, even dressing up like an ass on TV to show his dedication to the cause:

This will be the third Home Run Derby for Stanton, who also participated in 2014.

Stanton has long been one of baseball’s most feared power hitters, launching some of the longest and hardest-hit home runs in the game. The three-time All-Star averaged 31 home runs per season from 2011-16, and this season is hitting .274/.357/.551. He hit his 20th home run on Sunday against the Cubs.

The rest of the Home Run Derby field will be announced in the next week or two, and is expected to include young sluggers Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees and Cody Bellinger of Cheap NFL Jerseys USA the Los Angeles Dodgers, who lead their respective leagues in home runs as rookies.

The Home Run Derby will take place at Marlins Park on Monday, July 10, and will be televised by ESPN.

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