The Chicago Cubs will start their entire infield in the 2016 All-Star Game in San Diego next Tuesday, with Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist, Addison Russell and Kris Bryant getting the nod at first base, second base, shortstop and third base, respectively. This marks the second time in MLB history – and the first time since the Cardinals in 1963 – that a team will claim that honor.
Overall, seven Cubs made the All-Star team, as Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester and Dexter Fowler will join the aforementioned foursome.
“There’s a lot of Cubs,” Rockies shortstop Trevor Story said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “They’re having a great year. You can’t really fault them for that. They have a great fan base, and they really showed up for the vote.”
Story is having a pretty great year himself. The 23-year-old is hitting .259 with 19 homers, 50 RBIs, 47 runs, 18 doubles and five steals. You’d think those numbers would be enough to make the All-Star team.
You’d be wrong – at least for now.
Story is one of 10 players – five from each league – on the final fan vote list. The other NL players are San Francisco’s Brandon Belt, Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun, Arizona’s Jake Lamb and Pittsburgh’s Starling Marte.
Story took the big leagues by storm this season, belting seven home runs in his first six games. Still, it look him about a month to feel truly comfortable.
“It took a little bit,” he said. “Through spring training, it was a weird process and into that first month. But after that first month, I felt in my element and at ease in my routine and what I was doing. I felt good with he guys on the team, and they backed me and supported me. I’d say it took about a month to really come into my own with the routine and all that.”
Story’s power was unbelievable in April, when he had 10 home runs and 20 RBIs, but June may have been his best month overall. Story hit .284 with a .370 OBP, five homers, 14 RBIs, six doubles and 10 walks last month.
He would love to make the All-Star team as a rookie.
“It would mean a lot,” he said. “It’s just a very special honor. I would love more than anything to be in that game. To represent the Rockies and go there with Nolan (Arenado) and Car-Go (Carlos Gonzalez) would be one of the more special times in my career. It would be a lot of fun.”