Starlin Castro will represent the Chicago Cubs at the 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis Tuesday, July 15. This will be Castro's third All-Star appearance, and it's not as if he didn't deserve the other two, because he surely did. This time, though, Castro's numbers at this point of the season would be the best of his career. Through Saturday's game he was hitting .290/.337/.470 with 26 doubles, a triple and 11 home runs, well on his way to career highs in doubles and homers. At age 24, Castro appears on his way to a big comeback season, maybe even a breakout year.
Congratulations to Castro for his selection.
Jeff Samardzija was also elected to the N.L. team, by player vote, but he can't play for the N.L. because of Friday's trade. He can go to the game if he chooses, and be in uniform for the game -- probably an Athletics uniform -- since he was given the honor by his peers.
And, the Cubs might get another representative, as Anthony Rizzo is on the N.L. Final Vote ballot. You can go vote for Rizzo at this link -- here are the details on how you can vote by text or tweet:
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Voting ends at 3 p.m. CT Thursday, July 10.
Former Cub Aramis Ramirez was voted the N.L. starting third baseman. It's his third All-Star selection, and the second time he'll be the starter. He also started as a Cub in 2005.