7/6 Castro, Samardzija named NL All-Stars
Starlin Castro and Jeff Samardzija were both named to the National League All-Star team. Both were elected by player votes. This is Castro’s third All-Star selection.
“After that bad year last year, that’s what we’re looking for — make it a good year this year,” Castro said in Washington after the Cubs’ game. “Make it to the All-Star Game. And come back on that level.
“[It feels] awesome,” Castro said. “Everybody in my family is happy, too. I called them right away and they celebrated at home.”
Samardzija, who picked up a win in his first start for Oakland on Sunday, will be able to attend the game as a member of the NL squad, but he will not play in the game because of the trade. The right-hander, who was 2-7 with a 2.83 ERA in 17 starts with the Cubs, will be replaced on the roster in the same way a pitcher who throws the Sunday before the All-Star Game is replaced.
“I think that the fact that he was recognized for his performance in and of itself speaks to that,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said of Samardzija. “Good for him.”
“He’s done a great job,” Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo said of Castro. “He’s not trying to hit home runs or anything. It’s not about that, it’s about getting on base and letting other guys do the job.”
Rizzo could also get to the All-Star Game but needs fans’ help. He’s one of five candidates in the Final Vote. Go to MLB.com for more info.
Castro, 24, is the third shortstop in franchise history to be selected to at least three All-Star teams, joining Ernie Banks (nine times as a shortstop) and Don Kessinger (six times). Castro is one of only six shortstops to be named an All-Star in franchise history, joining Banks, Kessinger, Billy Jurges (once), Woody English (once) and Shawon Dunston (twice).
In 2011, Castro became the youngest player in franchise history to be named to an All-Star team at the age of 22. Castro, Dunston and Kessinger are the only three Cubs shortstops to earn All-Star honors in the last 50 years.
– Carrie Muskat