Three Cubs and one White Sox player have been voted in for the MLB All-Star game later this month in Washington D.C.
The three Cubs are second baseman Javier Báez, catcher Willson Contreras and left-handed pitcher Jon Lester. The White Sox player is first baseman Jose Abreu.
Both Báez and Contreras were voted by fans to start the 89th Major League All-Star Game Tuesday, July 17 at Washington D.C.’s Nationals Park, while Lester was named to the All-Star team through the player vote.
Contreras has been named to his first All-Star team and is the first Cubs catcher to make the club since Geovany Soto started the game in 2008. Contreras is only the fourth Cubs catcher to make the squad in the last 40 years, joining Soto, Joe Girardi (2000) and Jody Davis (1984, 1986).
Báez has been named to his first-career All-Star team and is the first Cubs second baseman to make the club since Zobrist started the game in 2016. Prior to Zobrist, the previous Cubs second baseman to be named to the squad had been Ryne Sandberg, who started the game in 1993. Overall, Baez is the fifth Cubs second baseman to be named to the club in the last 50 years, joining Zobrist, Sandberg, Manny Trillo and Glenn Beckert.
Lester has been named an All-Star for the fifth time in his career, his second time as a Cub, as he previously earned American League honors in 2010, 2011 and 2014 and with the Cubs in 2016. He is the first Cubs left-handed starter to make the club at least two times since Johnny Schmitz in 1946 and 1948. In 2016, Lester became the first Cubs lefty to pitch in the game since Randy Myers in 1995, who was also the last Cubs southpaw to earn two All-Star nods (also 1994).
Abreu will be making his second All-Star appearance and his first since his rookie season in 2014. He is the first White Sox player to be voted to start in a game since Frank Thomas in 1996.