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Starlin Castro was named the top National League shortstop on the players’ All-Star ballots while Bryan LaHair was second among first basemen to the Reds’ Joey Votto, who was selected as a starter by the fan votes.
“I’m humbled by the talk,” LaHair said in an interview in May regarding the All-Star Game. “I’ve got to stay in the moment and prepare for today’s game. I never like to get too far ahead of myself. There’s a lot of good players in this league and a lot of guys with time served. It’d be great to go to the All-Star Game but it’s just so hard for me — I’m in such a young part of my Major League career so I can’t say I deserve to be there. I’d be lying if I stood here and said I wouldn’t want something like that. It’s a great honor. It’s reaching the top.”
Cubs manager Dale Sveum gathered the entire team in the clubhouse to give Castro and LaHair the news on Sunday.
— Carrie Muskat