Chicago Cubs: Outfielder Albert Almora snubbed in All-Star Game voting

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Chicago Cubs: Almora a victim of the team’s success?

So why didn’t Almora make the All-Star team? First its a numbers game. Every team must have at least one representative in the All-Star game. So the fact that Javier Baez, Willson Contreras and Jon Lester made the team meant that Almora didn’t have to make the team.

The Cubs have been victims of their own success before. In 2016 Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon could have arguably been named to the All-Star team. But that year the Cubs sent so many other players to the All-Star Game that Strop and Rondon almost had to be left off the team.

But three or even four players from one team is not a crazy high number of representatives in the All-Star game. The Cubs had the entire starting infield on that 2016 National League All-Star team (Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist, Addison Russell and Kris Bryant) in addition to Dexter Fowler also being voted in as a starting outfielder and Jake Arrieta and Lester also making the team that year.