Chicago Cubs have 3 players heading to the All-Star Game in Seattle

Two returners head to the Midsummer Classic - and a first-timer gets the nod.
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After Marcus Stroman broke the news he was heading to the MLB All-Star Game, we learnedtwo of his teammates will accompany the right-hander on his trip to Seattle. Fellow Cubs starter Justin Steele and shortstop Dansby Swanson both earned Midsummer Classic nods, as well.

For Steele, it is a much-deserved accomplishment and a perfect example of hard work paying off. For the season, he has an MLB-leading 2.43 ERA in 85 1/3 innings of work. This run of dominance stretches back to the beginning of the second half of the 2022 season when Steele started to break out, and he has continued proving himself as one of the top pitchers in the game since. This marks the first of what we hope will be many All-Star selections he receives in a Cubs uniform.

Cubs have solid representation in this year's MLB All-Star Game

After earning his first last year, Swanson earns nod number two in his first year in Chicago. This season, Swanson leads the Cubs in WAR (according to Fangraphs), slashing .261/.348/.407 with nine home runs and 35 driven in. More importantly, Swanson leads all NL shortstops in runs prevented and Outs Above Average, and his defensive production has been vital to the Cubs' run prevention, a huge emphasis last offseason for the front office.

Of course, unsurprisingly, Stroman received the honor as well. He currently owns a 2.76 ERA to go along with an MLB-leading 14 quality starts across 104 2/3 innings. This will be Stroman's second All-Star honor, his first since 2019. The question could soon become, though, just where the right-hander finishes the season - especially if the Cubs fall out of contention.

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With the Cubs struggling to get back to .500, It's nice to see the team have three players selected. However, Cubs second baseman, Nico Hoerner, stands out as a major snub. Nevertheless, it's good to see multiple Cubs back in the All-Star Game. Congratulations to all three players, and best of luck moving forward. The honor is well-deserved by all three.