Starlin Castro and Jeff Samardzija Named to NL All-Star Team, Anthony Rizzo Part of Final Vote

Starlin Castro will represent the Cubs in the Midsummer Classic at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15. Castro was named as a reserve on the National League All-Star team Sunday night. Jeff Samardzija was also named to the National League All-Star team. Samardzija is ineligible to play in the game after being traded to the Oakland Athletics. Samardzija can take part of the festivities and will likely be introduced in the pre-game ceremony but he cannot pitch in the game.

RizzoAllStarAnthony Rizzo
is part of the five-man Final Vote for the last spot on the National League All-Star team. Votes can be placed for Rizzo to also represent the Cubs in the All-Star Game until Thursday, July 10 at 3:00pm CDT.

Starlin Castro has been playing in the majors since May of 2010 and he will be participating in his third Midsummer Classic. The 24-year old is having an excellent season.

Starlin Castro is hitting .290/.337/.470 in 85 games with 26 doubles, a triple, 11 home runs, 50 RBI and a .807 OPS. Castro has not only improved at the plate but there is a noticeable difference in the field as well.

Jeff Samardzija turned two very good months into a spot on the National League pitching staff. Due to Friday’s trade, Samardzija cannot participate in the game. Atlanta’s Julio Teheran will take his spot on the NL roster.

Anthony Rizzo has put up the numbers and he has played like an All-Star this season. Rizzo is batting .274/.384/.489 in 84 games with 13 doubles, a triple, 17 home runs, 45 RBI and a .872 OPS. Rizzo will have to be voted onto the NL Roster … click here to place your vote for Anthony Rizzo. #VoteRizzo

Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo are the main reasons to watch the Cubs this year, and both Castro and Rizzo should represent the Chicago Cubs in the All-Star Game.

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