Joey Votto wears donkey costume to help teammate

Joey Votto wears donkey costume to help teammate
Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto (19) celebrates with Zack Cozart (2) after hitting a two-run home run off St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Tyler Lyons in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Zack Cozart's donkey is on the line if the shortstop doesn't make the 2017 All-Star Game. But teammate Joey Votto is ready to fulfill his promise to buy Cozart some livestock if he's voted to the ASG team.

Cozart currently leads all NL shortstops in All-Star voting. Polls close Thursday night.

"I've got a donkey in the works," Votto said to reporters in the locker room Wednesday. Earlier, he was also wearing a donkey costume for an apparent spot on ESPN.

Votto has promised to Cozart a donkey if he made the All-Star team.

From an interview with MLB Network Radio:

"I don't know why I like donkeys so much, maybe because they look like they're real chill," said Cozart. "About a mile away from our spring training facility in Arizona, there's a donkey farm where you can feed the donkeys. Old Jo-Vo was like, 'You make the All-Star team, I'm going to get you a donkey.' I'm like, 'Joey, I don't need a donkey right now.' But if anybody knows Joey, I do and if that happens he's going to show up with a donkey somehow."

Cozart is in the midst of a career season -- hitting .324 with nine homers and a .982 OPS entering Tuesday.

He vaulted to the top of the National League shortstop voting in Monday's latest ballot update.

Cozart, who is aiming for his first career All-Star selection, has tallied 997,966 votes. Dodgers' shortstop Corey Seager is currently second with 804,788 votes.

He would become the first Reds shortstop to earn a fan election since Hall of Famer Barry Larkin drew consecutive fan-elected starts in 1999 and 2000.

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