6/4 All-Star voting
The Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo leads all National League first basemen in extra-base hits. He’s tied with two others for the second-most home runs. Could he be the Cubs’ All-Star representative? There are no Cubs players in the top five at any position in the latest All-Star balloting results, released Tuesday. But one could make a case for Rizzo, who had 10 home runs, a NL-leading 17 doubles, two triples, and 36 RBIs. The Reds’ Joey Votto leads the field of NL first basemen, receiving more than 1 million votes in online and in-stadium balloting so far. The Giants’ Brandon Belt is second followed by the Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt, the Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez and the Braves’ Freddie Freeman. Goldschmidt is tops among first basemen in home runs (13), RBIs (47) and batting average (.332).
Other Cubs on the NL All-Star ballot include two-time All-Star Starlin Castro, second baseman Darwin Barney, third baseman Luis Valbuena, catcher Welington Castillo, and outfielders David DeJesus, Alfonso Soriano and Nate Schierholtz. Soriano, 37, is a seven-time All-Star, while this is the first time Rizzo, Valbuena, Castillo and Schierholtz are on the ballot.
The All-Star Game will be played July 16 at Citi Field.
– Carrie Muskat