Bruce and Votto on the Campaign Trail

Jay Bruce and Joey Votto have been campaigning across the United States to be elected to the All Star Game.

All too often over the past several years the Reds have been relegated to the lone sympathy All Star that is mandated by the rules.  This year though they actually have some viable candidates to potentially start the game for the National League.

Two of those candidates are the young offensive studs Joey Votto and Jay Bruce.  Votto is second in the National League in batting average and on base percentage, sixth in OPS and ninth in OPS+. 

Bruce's case is not as strong as his best qualification is that he is 5th in the NL in home runs, but he doesn't play the same position as Albert Pujols.  While Votto deserves to go to the game more than anyone on the offense, Bruce might just be our best shot for sneaking a starter into the lineup.

Both of these guys will have a hard time cracking the starting line up, but the only way we can give them a real shot is if we start stuffing the ballot box.  So click that link and get to voting.  Let's get these young guys into the All Star lineup now so we can watch them play there for the next decade!

NOTE: please feel free to also vote for every other Red on the ballot.  Brandon Phillips has a case, but 2B has a lot of contenders right now.

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