Sunday, July 1, 2012
Players vote Castro, LaHair onto NL All-Stars
The last-place Chicago Cubs landed two players on the National League All-Star team.
First baseman Bryan LaHair earned his first All-Star nod and will be joined in Kansas City by shortstop Starlin Castro, making his second All-Star appearance. Both players were voted to the All-Star team by way of the player ballot.
This is the first time the the Cubs have have multiple selections to the All-Star since 2008, when eight players represented the club at Yankee Stadium.
Coach Dave McKay, a member of National League Manager Tony LaRussa’s coaching staff, will also be representing the Cubs at the 83rd Major League All-Star Game on July 10 in Kansas City.
The 22-year-old Castro is the first Cubs shortstop to be named to the All-Star team in consecutive seasons since Don Kessinger’s five-year run from 1968-72.
LaHair, 29, is the first Cub to be elected as a first baseman since Derrek Lee in 2007.
Entering Sunday, Castro was batting .298 with 10 doubles, six home runs and 40 RBIs in 77 games. He was tied for sixth in the National League with 94 hits. LaHair enters Sunday batting .284 with 12 doubles, 13 home runs and 28 RBIs in 67 games.