Ocean County, New Jersey residents and sports fan will have a chance to see one of their own in the 2014 Major League Baseball All Star Game and Home Run Derby. Todd Frazier, a rising star third- baseman for the Cincinnati Reds will be making his first appearance in the summer classic on Tuesday July 14, 2014, at Target Field in Minnesota.
For residents of Toms River, New Jersey, once a small town along the Jersey Shore which is now more like a growing city it’s a chance to watch a hometown boy make good. Frazier was a standout player in his Little League years and helped power the Toms River East Little League team to beat the team from Kashima, Japan in the Little League World Series in 1998. Frazier hit a home run in that game and it only seems fitting that the story line continues with his being selected to participate in the Home Run Derby.
Frazier told MLB.com that it started with a text message from the National League’s All-Star Troy Tulowitzki , who is the Captain for the Home Run Derby. “He approached me through text message and I said, 'Hopefully you'll consider me, ’he got back to me the next day and said, 'You're the man.' So I can't wait to see the excitement and the nerves and the buildup. It'll be pretty cool."
Frazier is only the second Red’s player to participate in the Derby; the first was Ken Griffey Jr in 2000. Tulowitzki said of Frazier “I know he has some experience in Williamsport, I think he has a flair for the dramatic. His power is special as well."
Frazier also told MLB.com that he will have his brother Charlie take the mound and pitch for him “He throws to me back at home all the time, and I think that would be pretty cool to have your brother throwing to you. Hopefully, he doesn't fizzle up either, and hopefully both of us can figure something out and get in a groove. "He's pumped, he'll get the Frazier jersey on and I think that would be pretty cool, a little memory for us and the family."