As it turns out, it will also be a life-changing deal for “Donald.” That’s Donald, as in the new Cozart family donkey that was gifted to him by his now former Cincinnati Reds teammate Joey Votto. The former National League MVP promised Cozart a donkey if he made the All-Star team, and that’s exactly what Cozart did in 2017.
Cozart says the donkey has remained in Cincinnati since July. That’s mostly because he didn’t know for sure where his baseball career would take him, but also because he didn’t own a yard big enough to accommodate Donald. That’s going to change real soon though now that he’s landed the first big money deal of his career.
The donkey Joey Votto purchased for Zack Cozart remained in Cincinnati since the summer, while Cozart went home. "Now that I can start looking for some land,” Cozart said, "I’ll officially be a donkey owner."
— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) December 15, 2017
Cozart, who turned 32 in August, picked a good time to have a career year. His offensive numbers were up across the board, as he slashed .297/.385/.548 while hitting a career high 24 homers. That production, combined with strong work in the field, made him very appealing to the Angels.
Los Angeles doesn’t need a shortstop, which is the only position Cozart’s played in the big leagues. That job belongs to Gold Glove winner Andrelton Simmons. The Angels previously talked to Cozart about playing second base, but that was no longer available after trading for Ian Kinsler at the Winter Meetings. So third base it will be for Cozart.
Cozart is more that willing to make the move. After spending several seasons with a Reds team going nowhere, he’s ready for a chance to win. The Angels should provide that now that they’ve made some big moves, including signing Shohei Ohtani.
…Cozart told Eppler, “All I want to do is play on a winning team. If (playing third) will help us achieve our goals, I’m all for it.” #Angels one of most aggressive clubs with infield shifting. Cozart’s experience at shortstop will prove valuable in certain shifts.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 15, 2017
The chance to win was one big win. Giving his family financial security was an even bigger win. That he can finally give Donald the donkey a home, well, that may have just made Friday the best day ever for Zack Cozart.
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