Frazier eager for second crack at Derby

Frazier eager for second crack at Derby

NEW YORK -- The runner-up at the Home Run Derby during the 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis, Reds third baseman Todd Frazier is poised for another crack at winning the title.

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Of course, this year's Derby is at Frazier's place -- Great American Ball Park -- where the 2015 All-Star Game is to be played next month.

"I want a shot. I think the Derby is one of the coolest things in baseball," Frazier said on Friday. "When you're younger in the backyard, you play it with your buddies, that's how I treat it. Not only will I be doing it, but with my brother again as well. And in my hometown. I have a couple advantages and I need to take advantage of them. I'm going to take it a little more seriously than I took it last year."

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Frazier's older brother, Charlie, pitched to him last season when he was beaten in the final round by Yoenis Cespedes.

"I learned to just relax a little more," Frazier said. "I talked to my brother about it in the offseason. There are a few things we need to change here and there. Not as many swings in between, because that's when you get tired."

Frazier, who leads the Reds in home runs this season, is also trying to get elected as the National League's starting third baseman. During the most recent ballot update, he trailed in second place behind Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals by roughly 1.2 million votes.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. Joe Trezza contributed to this story. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.