Cubs make history, second team to have entire infield start an All-Star Game – Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Ben Zobrist, Addison Russell and Dexter Fowler voted as NL starters – Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester named to NL All-Star pitching staff
The Cubs had seven players named to the National League All-Star team on Tuesday, the second-most in franchise history trailing only the eight Cubs named in 2008.
First baseman Anthony Rizzo, second baseman Ben Zobrist, shortstop Addison Russell, third baseman Kris Bryant and outfielder Dexter Fowler were all voted by fans to start the 87th Major League All-Star Game Tuesday, July 12 at San Diego’s PETCO Park. Right-handed pitcher Jake Arrieta was named to the All-Star team through the player vote while left-handed pitcher Jon Lester was named to the club by manager Terry Collins.
The Cubs are just the second team in Major League history to field the starting infield, joining the 1963 St. Louis Cardinals (1B Bill White, 2B Julian Javier, SS Dick Groat, 3B Ken Boyer). The Cubs have never had five players named to start the All-Star Game and are the first team to do so since the 1985 San Diego Padres. Chicago’s five position players are its most since also having five in 1988 (Andre Dawson, Shawon Dunston, Vance Law, Rafael Palmeiro and Ryne Sandberg).
Anthony Rizzo became the first Cub to lead the National League in fan voting since Derrek Lee in 2005. A three-time All-Star (2014, 2015 and 2016), Rizzo is the only first baseman in franchise history to be named to three-straight All-Star teams. He is only the fourth Cubs first baseman with three or more appearances, joining Ernie Banks (five All-Star Games as a first baseman), Mark Grace (three times) and Phil Cavarretta (three times). Rizzo is the first Cubs player to start at first base since Derrek Lee in 2005, as Rizzo was the starting designated hitter a year ago.
Ben Zobrist has been named to his third-career All-Star team, joining his selections to the AL squad in 2009 and 2013. He is the first Cubs second baseman to be named to the squad since Ryne Sandberg started the game in 1993 and the fourth Cubs second baseman to be named to the club in the last 50 years, joining Sandberg, Manny Trillo and Glenn Beckert.
Addison Russell has been named to his first All-Star team and is the first Cubs shortstop to start the game since Don Kessinger in 1972. At 22-years-old, he is the youngest player in franchise history elected to start the game and second youngest All-Star overall, trailing only shortstop Starlin Castro who was named as a 21-year-old reserve in 2011. Russell is only the fourth Cubs shortstop named to the All-Star team in the last 50 seasons and the seventh overall.
Kris Bryant earns his second All-Star honor in his second season, becoming the first Cubs third baseman to start the game since Aramis Ramirez in 2005. He is the first Cubs third baseman to earn All-Star honors in consecutive seasons since Ron Santo (1971-73) and the fifth Cubs third baseman to earn multiple All-Star honors, joining Aramis Ramirez (twice), Ron Santo (nine times), Randy Jackson (twice) and Stan Hack (four times).
Dexter Fowler has earned his first-career All-Star honor and is the first Cubs outfielder elected to start the game since Alfonso Soriano and Kosuke Fukudome in 2008. Fowler is the first Cubs center fielder named to start the game since Frank Demaree in 1937. He is the first Cubs outfielder overall named to the game since Marlon Byrd in 2010.
On the pitching side, Jake Arrieta has earned his first-career All-Star honor and is the first Cubs right-handed starter to make the game since Jeff Samardzija in 2014. Jon Lester has been named an All-Star for the fourth time in his career, first time as a Cub, as he previously earned American League honors in 2010, 2011 and 2014. He is the first Cubs left-handed starter to make the club since Travis Wood in 2013. The last Cubs lefty to pitch in the game was Randy Myers in 1995.
The Cubs have not had multiple pitchers make the game in the same season since four pitchers in 2008, when Carlos Zambrano, Carlos Marmol and Ryan Dempster all pitched in the game (Kerry Wood did not appear).
Lou Piniella’s 2008 Cubs had eight All-Stars: Ryan Dempster, Kerry Wood, Carlos Marmol, Carlos Zambrano, Aramis Ramirez, Alfonso Soriano, Kosuke Fukudome, Geovany Soto
2016 All-Star Game Rosters
• National League Starters: Buster Posey, Giants (C), Anthony Rizzo, Cubs (1B), Ben Zobrist, Cubs (2B), Addison Russell, Cubs (SS), Kris Bryant, Cubs (3B), Bryce Harper, Nationals (OF), Yoenis Cespedes, Mets (OF), Dexter Fowler, Cubs (OF)
• National League Reserves: Jonathan Lucroy (Brewers), Wil Myers (Padres), Odubel Herrera (Phillies), Paul Goldschmidt (Diamondbacks), Daniel Murphy (Nationals), Nolan Arenado (Rockies), Corey Seager (Dodgers), Marcell Ozuna (Marlins), Carlos Gonzalez (Rockies), Adam Duvall (Reds)
• National League Pitching Staff: Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers), Jake Arrieta (Cubs), Madison Bumgarner (Giants), Johnny Cueto (Giants), Noah Syndergaard (Mets), Jeurys Familia (Mets), Kenley Jansen (Dodgers), Fernando Rodney (Marlins), Stephen Strasburg (Nationals), Jose Fernandez (Marlins), Julio Teheran (Braves), Mark Melancon (Pirates), A.J. Ramos (Marlins), Jon Lester (Cubs)
• NL Final Vote Candidates: Brandon Belt (Giants), Ryan Braun (Brewers), Jake Lamb (Diamondbacks), Startling Marte (Pirates), Trevor Story (Rockies)
• American League Starters: David Ortiz, Red Sox (DH), Salvador Perez, Royals (C), Eric Hosmer, Royals (1B), Jose Altuve, Astros (2B), Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox (SS), Manny Machado, Orioles (3B), Mike Trout, Angels (OF), Jackie Bradley, Jr., Red Sox (OF), Mookie Betts, Red Sox (OF)
• American League Reserves: Matt Wieters (Orioles), Stephen Vogt (Athletics), Miguel Cabrera (Tigers), Robinson Cano (Yankees), Josh Donaldson (Blue Jays), Francisco Lindor (Indians), Eduardo Nunez (Twins), Edwin Encarnacion (Blue Jays), Carlos Beltran (Yankees), Ian Desmond (Rangers), Mark Trumbo (Orioles)
• American League Pitching Staff: Dellin Betances (Yankees), Brad Brach (Orioles), Zach Britton (Orioles), Alex Colome (Rays), Wade Davis (Royals), Marco Estrada (Blue Jays), Cole Hamels (Rangers), Kelvin Herrera (Royals), Craig Kimbrel (Red Sox), Andrew Miller (Yankees), Danny Salazar (Indians), Chris Sale (White Sox), Steven Wright (Red Sox), Will Harris (Astros)
• AL Final Vote Candidates: Ian Kinsler (Tigers), Evan Longoria (Rays), Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox), Michael Saunders (Blue Jays), George Springer (Astros)
Theo Epstein drafted Jackie Bradley Jr., Mookie Betts and Anthony Rizzo while he was in Boston. Epstein also signed International Free Agent, Xander Bogaerts. With the Cubs, Epstein’s front office drafted Kris Bryant.
Major League Baseball’s 2016 All-Star Game is Tuesday, July 12 at PETCO Park in San Diego. The American League will be the home team, not the National League. Ned Yost (Royals) and Terry Collins (Mets) are the managers for the All-Star Game