Joey Votto is probably going to owe his teammate a donkey soon

Hey, here’s a real ass of a story: During spring training, Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto promised a new donkey to teammate Zack Cozart if Cozart made his first All-Star team in 2017. Cozart loves donkeys, as MLB Network Radio detailed last week:

It seems unlikely, but perhaps that little extra bit of motivation was all Cozart needed to go from being a largely average Major League shortstop to one of the best players in the Majors. A 31-year-old veteran, Cozart enters play Monday riding career highs in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging, and sits just behind Paul Goldschmidt and just ahead of Bryce Harper atop the National League WAR leaderboard.

Joey Votto and Zack Cozart (Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports)

Though it’s hard Cozart keeps this up all year, it also would’ve been hard to imagine him hitting this well for this long. And in the latest National League All-Star voting update on Monday, Cozart passed Corey Seager to move into first place in the balloting.

Unless Cozart completely collapses over the next month, there’s no doubt he’s a deserving All-Star this year, so regardless of what happens with the voting from here on out, he’s likely heading to Miami. That means that Votto is almost certainly going to owe Cozart a donkey, and Cozart’s going to have to figure out what to do with his new pet donkey.

A quick Google search suggests that the price of donkeys ranges from about $400 for a very sad donkey to about $3000 for a really cool looking donkey. Votto signed a 10-year, $225 million extension with the Reds in 2012, and could probably also afford to pitch in for Cozart’s donkey upkeep: The Longhopes donkey shelter estimates that it costs about $895 a year to care for a donkey, plus around $400 in startup costs like a manure bucket and a feed bunk.

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