7/3 Congrats to Starlin Castro

Hall of Famer Ernie Banks was asked how good Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is on the day the 21-year-old was named to his first All-Star Game.

“He’s better than me,” Banks said.

Castro, who has ranked among the National League leaders in hits and multi-hit games, was the Cubs’ lone selection to the All-Star Game, announced Sunday.

Castro, 21, who will be making his first All-Star appearance, is the first Cubs shortstop to get the honor since Shawon Dunston in 1990. He’s the youngest Cubs player selected; Greg Maddux was 22 when he was named to the All-Star team in 1988 but didn’t play.

“It feels pretty good,” Castro said. “I feel real excited, and my family is very happy, too.”

Last year, Marlon Byrd was the Cubs’ only All-Star representative.

Castro, who was batting .309, was second in the National League in hits with 108 and multi-hit games with 32. He kicked off the season with a .348 April, has gotten the attention of more than Cubs fans.

“That kid shortstop is amazing,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. “An amazing player, a very good player. You don’t see any kid that young with that much comfort at the plate. This kid has a great chance to be a great player.”

– Carrie Muskat

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