One out of every eight MLB regulars made the All-Star game

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Between the expanded roster size and numerous players being added as injury replacements this season’s All-Star game will feature a total of 72 players, with 36 for the AL and 36 for the NL.

Technically at any one point there are 750 major leaguers on active rosters, but in terms of “regulars” that number is probably closer to, say, 600.

I figure each team has a five-man rotation and a nine-man lineup, plus a key bench player and five key relievers. And that actually seems like a pretty generous defintion of “regulars.”

Anyway, if you go along with the notion that each team has 20 “regulars” and there are a total of 600 “regulars” in the majors that means 72 out of 600 are All-Stars. That works out to 12 percent of all regulars being named All-Stars, or one out of every 8.3 players.

Something to think about next time everyone gets all worked up over supposed “snubs.”

Joey Votto: “I tried to get fatter. I succeeded at that apparently.”

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We’ve poked fun often at the spring training trope of players showing up to camp in the “best shape of [their] life.” Reds first baseman Joey Votto has turned that entirely on its head. Talking about his offseason, the 2010 NL MVP said, “I tried to get fatter. I succeeded at that apparently. We did all the testing and I am fatter,” Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Votto, of course, wasn’t trying to say he’s not in shape; he was just using some of his trademark self-deprecating humor.

Votto did get serious when discussing the state of the rebuilding Reds. As Buchanan also reported, Votto said, “I think we’re starting to get to the point where people are starting to get tired of this stretch of ball. I think something needs to start changing and start going in a different direction. I’m going to do my part to help make that change.”

Votto, 34, is under contract with the Reds through at least 2023, so he still has plenty of incentive to help see the rebuild through. He has been nothing short of stellar over the last three seasons. This past season, he hit .320/.454/.578 with 36 home runs, 100 RBI, and 106 runs scored in 707 appearances across all 162 games. Votto led the majors in walks (134) and on-base percentage and led the National League in OPS (1.032).

Despite Votto’s presence, both FanGraphs and PECOTA are projecting the Reds to put up a 74-88 record. The club had a pretty quiet offseason, expecting to enter 2018 with largely the same roster as last year.