A year after having seven All-Stars last year, the Chicago Cubs only have one. That’s the way it goes.
The All-Star Game is a time to celebrate baseball’s best. Unfortunately for the Chicago Cubs, there’s not much to celebrate.
Last year the team sent seven players, including their entire infield, to the Midsummer Classic. While some scoffed, it was hard to argue against the notion. The Cubs were rolling, and every player sent was having a good season.
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This year it’s a different story. Only Wade Davis is heading to Miami next week, and while Cubs fans may be upset, they shouldn’t be.
If we had it our way, every player on the team would be going to Miami. Alas, the starting squad is voted on by the fans, and while a few Cubs came close, they came up short. Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist all barely missed the cut. Bryant, however, is one of five players eligible for the final spot in the N.L.
Disappointment is expected
It’s understandable to feel upset, especially considering the closeness of it all. However, let’s be honest. Apart from Davis, you can’t really make a case for any other Cub to be an All-Star after the seasons they’re having.
The Cubs are in the midst of a frustrating season. Not only that, multiple players have seen their production slip. Honestly, only Rizzo and Bryant deserve consideration for a spot, let alone a crack at the starting nine.
Davis however absolutely deserves a spot on the roster. He’s been as perfect as you can be at 16-16 in save opportunities. One of the most dominant closers in the league, his spot on the squad is entirely justified.
Bryant and Rizzo are having nice seasons, but others are simply having better ones. And hey, rest will be a good thing for the Cubs, as they have work to do if they want to make the postseason.
From the entire infield to only one reserve reliever, the difference in All-Star representatives for the Cubs couldn’t be starker. Like it or not, it’s the way she goes.