Although the Chicago Cubs haven’t had too many All-Star-like performances in recent weeks, they still have two players in position to start in this year’s All-Star Game in Miami.
The latest balloting update just came out, and Kris Bryant and Jason Heyward are still in starting position:
— MLB (@MLB) June 12, 2017
Although you could make an argument for Nolan Arenado at third base, as you can seemingly every year, it’s hard to argue against the reigning NL MVP in Kris Bryant, who is also having another excellent season.
In the outfield, Jason Heyward’s continued placement in the top three will draw some criticism, but, hey, it’s a popularity contest after all. He plays some of the best defense in baseball, is on his way back to at least having a league average bat, and is a leader for the Cubs. I say good for him.
Here’s the full voting, with several Cubs just outside the starting spot:
— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) June 12, 2017
With the glut of talent at first base in the National League, it’s hardly an insult that Anthony Rizzo is not on top, and the gap between he and Ryan Zimmerman is probably just going to widen as Zimmerman keeps producing at such a high level.
Meanwhile, Javy Baez is one of only seven National Leaguers with more than a million votes. He’s good and popular.
Addison Russell is now third in the shortstop voting, with Willson Contreras and Ben Zobrist just outside starting position.
The 2017 MLB All-Star Game is just about one month away, on July 11.