4 Chicago Cubs deserving of a 2023 All Star spot in Seattle
By Jason Klaer
The 93rd rendition of the MLB All-Star Game will be played at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, Washington on Tuesday, July 12. Balloting has not quite started, however, it is not ever too early to see who will be placed on the American and National League rosters.
To say the least, the Chicago Cubs have experienced a bumpy start to the season through 45 games. Sitting at 20-25, Chicago continues to stay close in an N.L. Central that sees the Milwaukee Brewers atop the standings.
Despite an under .500 record, there have been individual players who deserve consideration for making a Midsummer Classic appearance. Let's take a look.
Cody Bellinger, Centerfield
The former MVP isn't quite at where he used to be but still showing signs of an All-Star caliber player. Bellinger currently leads all N.L. centerfielders with 29 runs scored and has the third-most hits at 39, trailing his replacement, James Outman of the Los Angeles Dodgers by one.
Bellinger is batting .271, good for second-best among N.L. centerfielders. Bellinger is behind the Mets' Brandon Nimmo in that category.
More than likely, Bellinger will not earn a starting spot this season. There is a reason the Dodgers let Bellinger walk following the 2022 season. What also does not help his case is that he is on the 10-day injured list due to an ailing knee. Look for Cody Love to receive a little bit of attention on the ballot.