Three Cincinnati Reds have been named to the National League All-Star Team. Third baseman Scott Rolen, second baseman Brandon Phillips and pitcher Arthur Rhodes were all chosen by manager Charlie Manuel to the squad.
Rolen, 37, ranks among the N.L. leaders in hitting, home runs and RBI. It will be the sixth all-star appearance for the Reds third baseman. "I'm happy to get my kids out there...I called my mom and said I made it for bud, my little buddy", Rolen said.
Phillips and Rhodes will both be making their first all-star appearances. Phillips is the only player in the major leagues with at least 100 hits, 20 doubles, 10 homers, 60 runs and 10 stolen bases. "Right now I'm so happy, I never thought I would make the all-star team...it's a beautiful thing", Phillips said.
Rhodes, 40, is coming off a streak of 33 straight relief appearnces without allowing a run, that tied a major league record. An emotional Rhodes said " I did it for my little boy. That's all I wanted to do was keep playing." Rhodes' son Jordan died a few years a go.