#Cubs Rizzo, Bryant named to NL All-Star team
The Cubs’ youth will be recognized at the All-Star Game as Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant were both named to the National League team on Monday.
Rizzo, who will be making his second trip to the All-Star Game, was selected by the players while Bryant was picked by Giants manager Bruce Bochy. Bryant is the first Cubs rookie to get the honor since Geovany Soto in 2008.
Rizzo is fourth in the NL in OPS behind the Nationals’ Bryce Harper, the D-Backs’ Paul Goldschmidt and the Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton. He also ranks among the NL leaders in extra-base hits (41), doubles (24), and on-base percentage (.405).
Rizzo, 25, made the All-Star team last year, winning MLB.com’s Final Vote,
“I’ve been impressed with the whole body of work,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of the first baseman. “He does not give up an at-bat. [He has the] ability to adjust in counts, the ability to hit better pitching, the ability to hit for average and power. Baserunning has really taken to another level this year, he’s done a great job on the bases. I’ve always known he’s a good defender, and I get to see that in person. He’s kind of fearless on defense. He’s a complete baseball player.
“He does everything that needs to be done on the bases, and then get him in the clubhouse and on the bench, and he’s a big part of the moment,” Maddon said. “He’s real loose in the most positive way. He’s smart enough to leave the game here and go home, I like that a lot. He enjoys what he’s doing. That’s why I think it can be sustained for a long period of time. he can get down on himself but he’s able to process that and move along pretty well from what I’ve seen.”
— Carrie Muskat