The Cubs will have two players representing the organization in the upcoming All-Star Game … Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant.
Reserves and the pitching staffs for the National League and American League squads were announced Monday night and the Cubs top two position players will be in Cincinnati next week. Joe Maddon told Rizzo and Bryant before the announcement was made.
Anthony Rizzo has made himself one of the best players in the game. Rizzo has played his way into the MVP conversation and Gold Glove consideration. Rizzo was voted in by his peers, which is a tremendous honor.
A year after participating in the Southern League All-Star Game and the SiriusXM Futures Game, Kris Bryant will big on the biggest stage next Tuesday night in Cincinnati. Bruce Bochy picked Bryant to replace the injured Giancarlo Stanton on the NL roster. And Bryant said if he is asked, he would participate in the Home Run Derby.
Anthony Rizzo, who was elected to the All-Star game by way of the N.L.’s Final Vote ballot last season, becomes only the second first baseman in franchise history to earn All-Star honors in consecutive seasons and the first in nearly 70 years, joining Phil Cavarretta from 1946-47. Rizzo is only the fifth first baseman in Cubs history with multiple All-Star appearances, joining Ernie Banks (five All-Star Games as a first baseman), Mark Grace (three times), Phil Cavarretta (three times) and Derrek Lee (two times).
At 25 years of age, Rizzo remains the youngest All-Star first baseman in franchise history, let alone the youngest with a pair of All-Star honors. He entered play on Monday batting .292 (85-for-291) with 24 doubles, two triples, 15 home runs and 45 RBI in 79 games. Rizzo ranked fourth in the National League with a .948 OPS, third with a .405 on-base percentage and sixth with a .543 slugging percentage. He is tied for the National League lead with 24 doubles.
Kris Bryant becomes the first rookie third baseman to ever represent the Cubs at the All-Star Game and the first overall since C Geovany Soto and OF Kosuke Fukudome started the game in 2008. Along with Soto and Fukudome, Bryant is only the sixth rookie Cub All-Star in franchise history, joining pitcher Sam Jones (1955), catcher Toby Atwell (1952, did not play) and second baseman Dan Johnson (1944, did not play).
The 23-year-old Bryant is the youngest Cubs third baseman to be elected an All-Star since 23-year-old Ron Santo earned his first selection in 1963. Bryant is the first third baseman to represent the Cubs at the All-Star Game since Aramis Ramirez in 2008 and one of only three All-Star Cubs third basemen in the last 40 seasons (also Vance Law, 1988). Bryant entered play Monday batting .279/.383/.485 (73-for-262) with 14 doubles, 12 homers, .867 OPS and 49 RBI, and is also the first rookie in franchise history to reach 10 homers, 40 RBI and 40 runs scored by July 1 in franchise history.
The Cubs announced Monday that RHP Dallas Beeler will start the second game of Tuesday’s twin bill against the Cardinals. Beeler will have a chance to make an impression on Joe Maddon after missing Spring Training due to an injury.
Beeler made two starts for the Cubs last season and was 0-2 with a 3.27 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 3.95 FIP (five runs, four earned, on 10 hits with seven walks and six strikeouts in 11 innings).
After starting the season on the DL, Beeler posted a 1-5 record in 13 starts for the I-Cubs with a 6.33 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. Beeler has been a lot better of late and has not pitched since June 30. Beeler is 0-1 in his last six starts with a 2.67 ERA and 1.15 WHIP (30 hits, five walks, 28 strikeouts in 30 1/3 innings).
Putting the Cubs in a position to win the game and the poise he displays on the mound will go just as far with Joe Maddon as the numbers.
RHP Rafael Soriano was added to Double-A Tennessee’s roster Monday from extended Spring Training. Soriano made his organization debut Monday night in relief of Tsuyoshi Wada. Soriano gave up a double to the first batter he faced. And he struck out the next three Barons to end the inning.
According to a report from the Tribune, Joe Maddon said it should take Rafael Soriano seven to eight appearances to be ready to join the Cubs bullpen. Basically what it takes for a reliever to prepare for the season during Spring Training.
LHP Tsuyoshi Wada reported to Double-A Tennessee as planned Monday. And Wada started the game in Birmingham against the Barons. Wada gave up a home run to the first batter he faced … on the first pitch he made in the game. Wada gave up two runs on four hits with two strikeouts in the first inning.
Tsuyoshi Wada completed four innings and allowed four runs, all earned, on eight hits (two home runs) with no walks and five strikeouts. Wada made 61 pitches, 42 for strikes. Wada threw 31 pitches of the scheduled 65 for the night in the first 1 1/3 innings.
The Cubs have not given a timetable on when Wada could return to the big league club. Tsuyoshi Wada should remain with the Smokies throughout the All-Star break in order to get his work in.
All-Star Game Rosters
The All-Star rosters feature 35 players age 27 or younger, 28 first time All-Stars, 16 foreign-born players and two rookies (Kris Bryant and Joc Pederson).
NL – Starters
- 1B Paul Goldschmidt (Diamondbacks)
- 2B Dee Gordon (Marlins)
- 3B Todd Frazier (Reds)
- SS Jhonny Peralta (Cardinals)
- C Buster Posey (Giants)
- OF Bryce Harper (Nationals)
- OF Matt Holliday (Cardinals)
- OF Andrew McCutchen (Pirates) – replaces Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins)
NL – Pitching Staff
- Madison Bumgarner (Giants)
- A.J. Burnett (Pirates)
- Gerrit Cole (Pirates)
- Jacob deGrom (Mets)
- Zack Greinke (Dodgers)
- Shelby Miller (Braves)
- Max Scherzer (Nationals)
- Michael Wacha (Cardinals)
- Trevor Rosenthal (Cardinals)
- Aroldis Chapman (Reds)
- Mark Melancon (Pirates)
- Jonathan Papelbon (Phillies)
- Francisco Rodriguez (Brewers)
NL – Reserves
- 3B Kris Bryant – replaces Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins)
- OF Joc Pederson (Dodgers)
- 1B Adrian Gonzalez (Dodgers)
- 3B Nolan Arenado (Rockies)
- SS Brandon Crawford (Giants)
- C Yadier Molina (Cardinals)
- C Yasmani Grandal (Dodgers)
- 1B Anthony Rizzo (Cubs)
- 2B D.J. LeMahieu (Rockies)
- 2B Joe Panik (Giants)
- OF A.J. Pollock (Diamondbacks)
- OF Justin Upton (Padres)
AL – Starters
- 1B Albert Pujols (Angels) – replaces Miguel Cabrera (Tigers)
- 2B Jose Altuve (Astros)
- 3B Josh Donaldson (Blue Jays)
- SS Alcides Escobar (Royals)
- C Salvador Perez (Royals)
- OF Lorenzo Cain (Royals)
- OF Alex Gordon (Royals)
- OF Mike Trout (Angels)
- DH Nelson Cruz (Mariners)
AL – Pitching Staff
- Chris Archer (Rays)
- Sonny Gray (Athletics)
- Felix Hernandez (Mariners)
- Dallas Keuchel (Astros)
- David Price (Tigers)
- Chris Sale (White Sox)
- Dellin Betances (Yankees)
- Brad Boxberger (Rays)
- Zach Britton (Orioles)
- Wade Davis (Royals)
- Kelvin Herrera (Royals)
- Darren O’Day (Orioles)
- Glen Perkins (Twins)
AL – Reserves
- INF/OF Brock Holt (Red Sox)
- SS Jose Iglesias (Tigers)
- 2B Jason Kipnis (Indians)
- 3B Manny Machado (Orioles)
- 1B Mark Teixeira (Yankees)
- C Russell Martin (Blue Jays)
- C Stephen Vogt (Athletics)
- OF Jose Bautista (Blue Jays)
- OF Adam Jones (Orioles)
- OF J.D. Martinez (Tigers)
Final Vote NL – Johnny Cueto (Reds), Jeurys Familia (Mets), Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers), Carlos Martinez (Cardinals) and Troy Tulowitzki (Rockies) – Click here to vote
Final Vote AL – Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox), Yoenis Cespedes (Tigers), Brian Dozier (Twins), Brett Gardner (Yankees) and Mike Moustakas (Royals) – Click here to vote
The 86th All-Star Game is Tuesday, July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
News, Notes and Rumors
• According to ESPN Chicago, Jake Arrieta should have been a NL All-Star.
• Cardinals make it another frustrating night for Cubs and Jon Lester according to Comcast SportsNet.
• Patrick Mooney reported the Cubs are waiting for everything to click with Dexter Fowler.
• Jeff Passan posted his first-half award winners.
• The Braves traded RHP Aaron Kurcz to the Oakland A’s on Monday for International bonus pool slot No. 113 ($167,000). Kurcz was one of the players the Cubs sent to the Red Sox as compensation for Theo Epstein.
• According to Bruce Levine, Jeff Samardzija knows he may be the first to go … and the Blue Jays may finally acquire him. Toronto has been scouting him for the last month after coming close to working out a deal with the Cubs last year.
And last, but not least, Sports Illustrated recreated memorable trading cards.
This Day In Cubstory
2013 – Cubs released Shawn Camp
2011 – The Cubs came back from an 8-0 deficit and beat the Nationals in Washington 10-9. The Cubs handed the Nationals its largest blown lead in franchise history (Nationals/Expos).
2005 – Cubs signed Alberto Cabrera as an amateur free agent
2001 – Cubs signed free agent Delino DeShields
1999 – Rockies traded a PTBNL to the Cubs for John Cotton and Kevin Rawitzer. The Rockies sent Tarrik Brock to the Cubs on July 7 to complete the deal
1995 – The Mariners claimed Kevin Roberson off waivers from the Cubs
1992 – Cubs traded Ced Landrum to the Brewers for Jeff Kunkel
1987 – Andre Dawson hit a homer in the first inning off Eric Show. Show hit Dawson with a pitch in the third inning, the benches cleared and both players were ejected from the game in one of the most memorable brawls in Wrigley Field history. Dawson received 22 stitches and Greg Maddux was ejected from the game in the fourth inning when he plunked Benito Santiago.
1977 – Rick Reuschel shutout the Cardinals and ran his record to 12-2. Reuschel had allowed only one run, a solo homer, since June 1
1968 – Phil Regan, the Vulture, picked up two wins in relief for the second time that season. The Cubs beat the Pirates 5-4 and 4-3. Regan won two games against the Dodgers on April 21. Regan is the only pitcher to win a pair of games twice on the same day in the same season.
1936 – Augie Galen, Billy Herman, Gabby Harnett and Frank Demaree collected five of the National League’s nine hits in the Senior Circuit’s first All-Star victory, a 4-3 win over the American League at Graves Field. Hartnett drove in a run with a triple and Galen hit a foul-pole homer. The AL won the first three Midsummer Classics
1927 – Charlie Root pitched a one-hitter and beat the Pirates. Cubs took over first place and Root, in his second season, led the National League with 26 wins in 309 innings pitched.
1917 – Pirates purchased Harry Wolfe from the Cubs
1909 – Billy Herman, born
1886 – Cap Anson belted a double and a homer and Ed Williamson hit a triple and a home run in a Cubs 21-9 victory over the Giants at West Side Park. The game was called because of darkness after eight innings.