CHICAGO -- Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo continued to lead all National League players in the latest All-Star balloting, released on Wednesday, and teammates Kris Bryant, Ben Zobrist, Addison Russell and Dexter Fowler led their respective positions.Rizzo has received 2,202,494 votes, and Bryant, Zobrist and Fowler also all have received
CHICAGO -- Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo continued to lead all National League players in the latest All-Star balloting, released on Wednesday, and teammates Kris Bryant, Ben Zobrist, Addison Russell and Dexter Fowler led their respective positions.
Rizzo has received 2,202,494 votes, and Bryant, Zobrist and Fowler also all have received more than 2 million votes. The closest race appears to be at shortstop. Russell has 1,489,998 votes, while the Rockies' Trevor Story is second, with 1,110,002 votes.
"I'm happy for our guys -- it's great for the organization," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "It will elevate their game. It's exciting for everybody. It's exciting for the players, Cubs fans and the city. You have to believe the ratings will be high in Chicago on that particular night. I know I'll be watching. I'm happy for the guys."
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Russell could be the first Cubs shortstop selected to the All-Star team by the fans since Don Kessinger in 1970 and '72. Bryant is vying to join Hall of Famer Ron Santo as the only Cubs third baseman to earn a fan election. The Rockies' Nolan Arenado, who is tied for the Major League lead with 20 home runs and a NL-leading 57 RBIs, is second in the third-base balloting.
Zobrist was named to the American League All-Star team in 2009 and '13 while with the Rays. He's leading all second basemen, with the Nationals' Daniel Murphy second.
While Fowler is first among NL outfielders with 2,003,115 votes, teammate Jason Heyward is fourth with 1,271,107 votes.
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"I tell my wife all the time, I didn't know that many people knew who I was," Fowler said, laughing. "It's definitely awesome [to get the support], and I hope I can still play if I make it."
The Cubs also will likely have at least one pitcher, if not two, named to the NL team. Maddon said he expected Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester to be selected.
"There's an argument for every one of them, obviously," Maddon said of his starting rotation, which leads the NL with a 2.39 ERA.
Would Maddon like to see Arrieta start the All-Star Game?
"Of course you would," Maddon said. "It's great for the player and great for the organization. I'm not worried about guys being overworked or overtaxed. It's one inning or two innings."
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Last year, Rizzo and Bryant represented the Cubs at the All-Star Game. In 2008, the Cubs sent eight players to the event, including Kosuke Fukudome, Geovany Soto, Alfonso Soriano and Aramis Ramirez, and pitchers Ryan Dempster, Carlos Marmol, Kerry Wood and Carlos Zambrano.
Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.