Bryan LaHair: All-Star Starter?

It wasn’t but a few days ago when it looked like Bryan LaHair wouldn’t be an All-Star. Yes, he opened the year with an incredible April, and a good May, but his June featured a very Cub-like swoon, and he no longer had the look of an All-Star.

But, when compared with other first baseman in the NL not named Joey Votto, LaHair’s overall numbers were still impressive. So, his fellow players selected him for the game, and his cinderella story had another great chapter.

And it could get even better.

With NL first base starter Joey Votto battling a sore left knee, LaHair is now on the verge of starting at first base for the NL All-Star squad. By rule, LaHair would get the nod because he finished second in the player balloting at first base, behind only Votto. So LaHair might soon start at first base in the All-Star Game.

You know, even though he doesn’t even start at first base for the Cubs anymore.

‘‘It gets better each day, it seems,’’ LaHair said of the starting possibility. ‘‘But you know what? Votto’s a tough kid. I’d be shocked if he wasn’t out there.’’

I’m certainly not going to root for Votto to be more injured than he actually is, but if he decides he needs to rest his knee, I will be very happy for LaHair. It’s not only a great story, but it’s also always cool to see a Cubs player starting in the All-Star Game, however he gets there.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

21 responses to “Bryan LaHair: All-Star Starter?”

  1. jr5

    This would be one of the coolest things ever. But it will be almost as cool when he gets into the game. (If he somehow doesn’t…which, I acknowledge, seems virtually impossible given the 1B options on the roster…my hatred for Tony La Russa will grow to heretofore unimaginable quantities. And that hatred wasn’t exactly minuscule before. Just saying.)

  2. Kc

    I would love to see him in the homerun derby

  3. Spencer

    I hope the AL doesn’t start a lefty. Oh wait. LaRussa is managing. He actually WOULD play an All-Star every day. Carry on.

    1. jr5

      That’s true. Hopefully Jeff Baker’s available, just in case.

      1. cubfanincardinalland

        That’s pretty funny! Has there ever been a player who started in the all star game, and had been replaced at his position the previous month by a AAA call up. Bizzaro world.
        I actually think LaHair feels more comfortable in the outfield, he looks more relaxed playing the last couple weeks. Might be that he is lower in the lineup, and feeling less pressure to be the man.

        1. themillhah

          *Rizzaro world…

  4. nkniacc13

    Well its likely to be Verlander or Price and they both pitch today

  5. hcs

    Not that you want to see anyone too hurt to play, but after Votto’s all-star snub of Marlon Byrd a few years back, I have to say, couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

    1. jr5

      Ugh, I forgot about that.

  6. @cubsfantroy

    I don’t like Votto, he is a giant douchebag. So I will say I hope he has something torn in his knee and can’t play for the rest of the year. I know that is harsh and I will get some backlash for it, but that is just how I feel and my therapist said I should say how I feel more instead of keeping it locked up. She doesn’t want to send me to the nuthouse again.

  7. The Dude Abides

    Question for the room would any MLB team trade their starting 1B for La Hair straight up? Hopefully there are a few who would…

    1. Kyle

      A lot of them would. There are a lot of really awful hitters playing 1b these days.

      1. DocPeterWimsey

        … which really is weird.  Historically, 1B was where you stuck the DH’s: that giant guy nicknamed Moose, Boog or Bull, with a build at which everybody today would look and shout “JUICE!!!!!”

  8. RoughRiider

    Kind of a suprise D-Lee hasn’t signed somewhere.

  9. hansman1982

    On the MLB Network Sirius show at 5 they were beside themselves with grief that a team with a record like the Cubs would have two all-stars and were bashing the living hell out of LaHair. I guess I am not sure when individual awards were team dependent…

    1. Carew

      Even Kruk on baseball tonight wasnt really happy about it. LaHair got in because the players, the guys he plays against, recognized his ability and season and voted him in

      1. Diesel

        You know in a way being a reserve in the All Star Game is more of an honor than being a starter.  Logic is that the players and managers vote on and pick who they think deserve to be an all star which tends to be based more on how they are doing rather than fans voting on their favorites.  As fans we should not be picking the all star starters.

        1. Carew

          I completely agree…fan voting is kinda bogus

  10. scorecardpaul

    I’m just looking forward to him being traded. If he is traded before the all star game he will be wearing a different uniform!!!

    1. D.G.Lang

      Then he wouldn’t get traded BEFORE the all-star game. I don’t see the Cubs giving up the positive advertising and other benefits of having an all-star player.

      Indeed, if LaHair is the STARTING all-star first baseman, it will be easier to trade him with a better return although it might become harder due to the possible fan backlash against tradeing an all-star starting player.

      It seems like LaHair being an all-star and possible a starting all-star will have an effect on him staying with the Cubs.

      Since he was voted in by the players and not the bogus fan voting where someone can cast 25 votes for a single player, he becomes even more valuable in the eyes of many.

  11. scorecardpaul

    That was my point exactly, his value is potentialy at its very highest right now. so lets trade him!!