Cubs Starlin Castro, Bryan Lahair named to N.L. All-Star Team

Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro and first baseman Bryan LaHair were today named to the 2012 National League All-Star team.  Castro has been named to his second All-Star team, while LaHair has earned the first selection of his major league career.

Castro and LaHair will join coach Dave McKay, a member of National League Manager Tony LaRussa’s coaching staff, in representing the Cubs at the 83rd Major League All-Star Game Tuesday, July 10 in Kansas City.  The Cubs have multiple members on the All-Star team for the first time since 2008, when eight players represented the club at Yankee Stadium.

The 22-year-old Castro has earned his second All-Star honor in as many seasons, as he last year became the youngest player in franchise history to be named to an All-Star team.  He is the first Cubs shortstop to be named to the All-Star team in consecutive seasons since Don Kessinger’s five-year run from 1968-72. 

Last year, Castro became the first Cubs shortstop to be selected to the All-Star game since Shawon Dunston made the club in 1990.  Castro is only the sixth shortstop in franchise history to be named to the All-Star team, the third in the last 50 seasons, joining Dunston (twice), Don Kessinger (six times), Ernie Banks (nine times as a shortstop), Billy Jurges (once) and Woody English (once).

LaHair, 29, is the first Cub to be elected as a first baseman since Derrek Lee in 2007 and only the third Cubs first baseman to make the team in the last 30 years (also Mark Grace).

Entering Sunday, Castro ranks tied for sixth in the National League with 94 hits, tied for second with seven triples, tied for fifth with 28 multi-hit games and tied for ninth with 16 stolen bases.  Overall, he enters the day batting .298 (94-for-315) with 10 doubles, six home runs and 40 RBI in 77 games.  LaHair enters the day batting .284 (60-for-211) with 12 doubles, 13 home runs and 28 RBI in 67 games. 

Both Castro and LaHair were voted to the All-Star team by way of the player ballot.