Cozart ranks 3rd in balloting for NL shortstops

Cozart ranks 3rd in balloting for NL shortstops

CINCINNATI -- Reds shortstop Zack Cozart's strong start to the 2017 season has been recognized by voters in the first update released Tuesday for the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

Listed in third place among National League shortstops, Cozart was the only Reds player in the top five of the balloting at his position. He had 264,516 votes, which ranked behind the Dodgers' Corey Seager (399,347 votes) and Addison Russell of the Cubs (379,640).

Trailng Cozart in the top-five were Chris Owings from the D-backs (219,287) and the Nationals' Trea Turner (180,184).

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The next ballot update will be on June 5.

Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, June 29, at 11:59 p.m. ET. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB.com At Bat and MLB.com Ballpark mobile apps. Vote up to five times in any 24-hour period for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.

Following the announcement of the 2017 All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player on each league's All-Star roster. Then on Tuesday, July 11, while watching the 2017 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard live on FOX, fans may visit MLB.com to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.