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Frazier gets ready for All-Star experience

CINCINNATI (Adam Clements) -- It's been a season to remember for Reds' third baseman Todd Frazier. He's been a big part of the team's success and next week he'll make his first career All-Star appearance in Minnesota.

From Little League superstar, to big league All-Star, you could say Todd Frazier was always destined for the big stage.

When the All-Star festivities begin next week in Minnesota at Target Field, you can bet the Reds third baseman will be soaking it all in.

Frazier's first taste of stardom came all the way back in 1998. He was a standout for the Toms River Little League team and led them to a Little League World Series title.

For most kids, a moment like that would signify the pinnacle of an athletic career. Not for Todd Frazier.

He would, of course, go on to play his college ball at Rutgers, then climbing his way to the Majors with the Reds.

And there's one photo in particular that was an omen of sorts.

After his team won the Little League World Series they got to stand on the field at Yankee Stadium.

Frazier got to stand right alongside Yankee Shortstop and future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter, a man he'll be facing in Tuesday night's All-Star game.

Before he takes the field on Tuesday, Frazier will represent the National League in the Home Run Derby.

He's chosen his older brother Charlie to pitch to him.

Frazier's 17 home runs and 48 RBI lead the Reds in both categories.

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