Anthony Rizzo Wins Fan Vote, Joins Starlin Castro on the NL All-Star Team

Shortly after the Cubs fought back and beat the Reds Thursday afternoon, the announcement was made that Anthony Rizzo won the fan vote and will be joining Starlin Castro in Minneapolis for the All-Star Game.

Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro will represent the Chicago Cubs in the Midsummer Classic on Tuesday at Target Field.

Anthony Rizzo has bounced back from a disappointing first full season in the majors and put up the numbers to be named to the All-Star team without having to be voted in.

Entering play Thursday, Anthony Rizzo was hitting .280/.387/.512 in 89 games with 14 doubles, a triple and 20 home runs for a .899 OPS. Rizzo has improved with RISP and against left handed pitchers this season.

PrintAgainst lefties this year, Rizzo is hitting .289/.394/.530 with a .924 OPS that includes six home runs. And with runners in scoring position, Rizzo is hitting .233/.383/.411 with four doubles and three home runs for a .794 OPS.

Starlin Castro was hitting .279/.326/.450 entering play Thursday with 26 doubles, a triple, 11 home runs and 51 RBI in 90 games for a .775 OPS. Castro, like Rizzo, has bounced back from a disappointing season.

The Cubs will be represented by two 24-year olds in the All-Star Game.

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  • No Baseball In Indiana

    Great year so far for both of them.

    • VBCubs

      I can’t wait to see how they do with a deep lineup including them, Baez, Bryant, Alcantara, etc

  • cubtex

    Congrats to Rizzo. He has come a long way this year! Happy to see both him and Castro bounce back like this. What a huge difference Renteria has had on these 2 as opposed to our former manager

  • jtrain23

    I hesitate to speculate the reason why each of these players has excelled this year, but I am very happy. Castro is playing like the guy we expected following his first couple of seasons. Rizzo has greatly improved his swing and approach this year.

    • MN Cub

      I agree on handing all credit over to Renteria right away. All indications point to him having a big influence but what if Castro goes back yo .260 next year with 10 HRs?? Hard to really judge a manager on this team this yesr . Not sure how much orders from above are effecting his decisions on lineups, etc.

      • jtrain23

        I am with you. I always try to keep from jumping to conclusions. That being said, it is very obvious that Renteria has had some positive effect on the team. He seems to be way more in tune with the players than Sveum. He also seems way more genuine in the dugout and with the media.

        Sveum was never a good fit for this young team. He didn’t take he losing and growing pains well. At least to this point Renteria seems to be learning and keeping upbeat despite setbacks.

  • Tony_H

    That makes 3 All-Stars from this Cubs team. THREE!!

    And let’s face it Hammel could have been the 4th but to many relievers keep making the teams. I think 2-3 closers is enough, the rest of the pitching staff should be starters. The best of the best! But ole Uncle Bud had to take this exhibition game and make it mean something, so now managers are trying to use strategy with the intent on winning the game, versus just putting on a show. This game should be all about entertainment, not strategy.

    • jtrain23

      I know the Samardzija is not with the team any longer, but I am with you in recognizing him as an all star along with Castro and Rizzo. It is just a shame that they will not be able to suit up together to represent the team. I guess that’s just how it goes, but he still deserves the honor that he earned.