Five Cubs lead National League All-Star voting


The Cubs are the best team in baseball this year. But, yeah, their get-out-the-vote operation is definitely impressive too. Five Cubs players currently lead their positions in All-Star balloting according to the latest round of results released by Major League Baseball.

Anthony Rizzo — the overall vote leader — Ben Zobrist, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Dexter Fowler would all be starters if the game were held tomorrow. Four of those guys are decent picks on the merits if you’re a half-season-stats voter. Russell is . . . suspect. He’s ninth in OPS and seventh in WAR among NL shortstops. Aledmys Diaz, the OPS leader, and Corey Seager, co-WAR leader, are not anyplace in the top five. The other co-WAR leader, Zack Cozart, is fifth in the voting. I wonder if NL voters know what a shortstop is.

Oh well, that’s democracy for you:

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Video: Jackie Bradley Jr. climbs wall to rob Luis Urías of homer

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Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. scaled the center field fence to rob Padres shortstop Luis Urías of a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game. Urías was trying to take advantage of a 0-1 slider from Ryan Brasier. Had Bradley not made the grab, the Padres’ lead would have been extended to 4-1.

Unfortunately for the Red Sox, they weren’t able to take advantage of Bradley’s effort, dropping Sunday’s contest 3-1. They still won the series against the Padres, however. The Sox will continue their road trip for two games against the Rockies followed by three versus the Angels.