Major League Baseball released the first update for the National League of the fan balloting for the 2016 All-Star Game. And Cubs’ first baseman Anthony Rizzo is the leading vote-getter in the Senior Circuit.
Ben Zobrist (732,519), Addison Russell (544,240) and Kris Bryant (776,107) are out in front in the first update.
Dexter Fowler (797,160) has the second most votes in the outfield behind the Nationals’ Bryce Harper (838,599) and ahead of the Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes (792,395). Jason Heyward is fourth in the NL outfield.
David Ross did not receive enough write-in votes to be included in the first update.
With Joe Maddon’s players dominating the early voting, two years came to mind in which the NL All-Star Game rosters were filled with Cubs’ players.
The Cubs had eight players named to the 2008 NL All-Star team and manager Lou Piniella was on Clint Hurdle’s staff. RHP Ryan Dempster, RHP Carlos Zambrano, RHP Kerry Wood, RHP Carlos Marmol, OF Kosuke Fukudome, C Geovany Soto, OF Alfonso Soriano and 3B Aramis Ramirez were the Cubs’ representatives eight years ago.
The Cubs entire infield was elected to the 1969 National League All-Star team along with manager Leo Durocher. Ernie Banks (1B), Glenn Beckert (2B), Don Kessinger (SS), Ron Santo (3B) and Randy Hundley (C) all played in the Midsummer Classic.