Bryant, Rizzo, Castro need ASG ballot help
CHICAGO -- Rookie Kris Bryant, who notched the first multi-homer game of his career Monday night against the Dodgers, slipped to third among National League third basemen in the latest 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, released Tuesday.
Starlin Castro was fourth among NL shortstops, and Anthony Rizzo (first base) and Miguel Montero (catcher) were each fifth at their respective positions in the latest results. However, Cubs manager Joe Maddon did some lobbying for his first baseman over the weekend.
"The guy's got to be on the All-Star team," Maddon said of Rizzo. "Let him play shortstop, I don't care. He's got to be on the All-Star team, he's had that kind of first half.
"It's remarkable to watch him every day," Maddon said. "I know there are other really good first basemen, and it's probably the most loaded position there is, but what he's done is remarkable. I've not seen it in person [before]."
"I don't know about shortstop," said Rizzo, who was elected to the All-Star team last year through the Final Vote. "It's somewhere I'd love to be, Cincinnati, at the All-Star Game. Stuff like that is out of your control. We have to focus on winning games here."
Rizzo trailed the D-backs' Paul Goldschmidt, the Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez, the Reds' Joey Votto and the Cardinals' Matt Adams in the close competition at first base. Rizzo had received 2,129,116 votes through the latest update.
Bryant had received 3,042,439 votes, while the Cardinals' Matt Carpenter led the third-base field, receiving more than 5.5 million. The Reds' Todd Frazier was second.
Montero had received 1,276,847 votes, while the Giants' Buster Posey leads the field.
Castro, a three-time NL All-Star, had received 1,864,773 votes, behind the Cardinals' Jhonny Peralta, the Giants' Brandon Crawford and the Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki.
The 86th All-Star Game will be played July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
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