7/3 All-Star tidbits

The Phillies’ Placido Polanco was voted as the All-Star starter at third for the NL team and the Braves’ Chipper Jones named as a reserve. How did the Cubs’ Aramis Ramirez stack up? Here is a comparison of their stats through Sunday:

Polanco 82 G, .277 (88-for-318), 4 HR, 39 RBI, .331 OBP/.349 SLUG/.681 OPS

Jones 73 G, .256 (70-for-273), 7 HR, 44 RBI, .343 OBP/.418 SLUG/.761 OPS

Ramirez 79 G, .293 (89-for-304), 12 HR, 44 RBI, .339 OBP/.477 SLUG/.816 OPS

Headley 81 G, .308 (85-for-276), 2 HR, 29 RBI, .399 OBP/.409 SLUG/.809 OPS

* What about Sean Marshall? Mike Quade said he lobbied for the lefty on the NL pitching staff. Marshall has a 4-2 record and 2.09 ERA.

“It’s disappointing in a way, but it’s tough to make an All-Star game as a reliever,” Marshall said. “Starlin Castro has been out there almost every game for us, making diving plays and hitting the heck out of the ball.”

Said Quade: “I had a long talk with Bochy when he was here [for four-game series vs Cubs] … and he was filling out a roster and I really felt like ‘Marsh’ and [Starlin Castro] were the two guys who had the best first half and were healthy and could represent us. Then, it’s based on need.”

* This could be the first of many All-Star Games for Starlin Castro.

“You don’t get to go there by accident,” Quade said. “People recognize he’s a very good young player. I didn’t realize he was the youngest Cub to ever go — that’s a feather in his cap for him. I can only think at 21, potentially how many of these games he might get to show up in. I think he’ll be even better than he is now, maybe way better.”

— Carrie Muskat

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