#Cubs Rizzo, Bryant named to NL All-Star team
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and third baseman Kris Bryant were named to the 2015 National League All-Star team, and they’ll play in the July 14 game at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park.
Rizzo was elected to the NL team by the player vote, while Bryant was selected by NL manager Bruce Bochy.
Rizzo, elected to the All-Star game by way of the NL Final Vote ballot last season, becomes only the second first baseman in franchise history to earn All-Star honors in consecutive seasons and the first in nearly 70 years, joining Phil Cavarretta from 1946-47. Rizzo is only the fifth first baseman in Cubs history with multiple All-Star appearances, joining Ernie Banks (five as a first baseman), Mark Grace (three times), Phil Cavarretta (three times) and Derrek Lee (two times). At 25 years of age, Rizzo remains the youngest All-Star first baseman in Cubs history.
Bryant becomes the first rookie third baseman to ever represent the Cubs at the All-Star Game, and the first rookie overall since catcher Geovany Soto and outfielder Kosuke Fukudome started the game in 2008. Along with Soto and Fukudome, Bryant is only the sixth rookie Cub All-Star in franchise history, joining pitcher Sam Jones (1955), catcher Toby Atwell (1952, did not play) and second baseman Dan Johnson (1944, did not play).
At 23, Bryant is the youngest Cubs third baseman to be elected an All-Star since 23-year-old Ron Santo earned his first selection in 1963. Bryant is the first third baseman to represent the Cubs at the All-Star Game since Aramis Ramirez in 2008 and one of only three All-Star Cubs third basemen in the last 40 seasons (also Vance Law, 1988).