Major League Baseball announced the reserves for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game and first baseman Anthony Rizzo and third baseman Kris Bryant were named as reserves for the National League team. It was the second time Rizzo was named to the All-Star Game as he was named to the team last season. It is obviously the first selection for the rookie Bryant.
This year with the Cubs, Rizzo has played 79 of the Cubs 80 games and hit .292/.405/.543 with 15 home runs and 45 runs batted in. He also scored 44 runs and stole 12 bases in 17 attempts. His on-base percentage is the third-best in the NL and his slugging percentage is the fourth-best in the league. Rizzo leads the National League with 24 doubles this season.
Kris Bryant makes the team in his rookie season as a replacement for the injured Giancarlo Stanton. Bryant has hit .279/.383/.485 with 12 home runs and 49 RBI in 71 games. He's even stolen eight bases in ten attempts. Bryant has scored 44 times. His on-base percentage is eighth-best in the National League.
Obviously both players are quite deserving of the honor and we look forward to seeing them play for the NL in Cincinnati on July 14. The game will be televised on your local Fox affiliate starting at 6:00 pm Central Time.