Chicago Cubs: Kris Bryant, Craig Kimbrel selected to play in All-Star Game


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Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was selected to take part in the All-Star Game for the fourth time. (Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was selected to take part in the All-Star Game for the fourth time. (Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)

The Chicago Cubs will send two players to the 2021 MLB All-Star Game. The All-Star pitchers and reserves were announced on Sunday, and third baseman Kris Bryant and closer Craig Kimbrel were selected to play for the National League team.

Bryant's fourth All-Star nod comes in the midst of a resurgent season for the 29-year-old, who has played a variety of positions in the field this year and is currently hitting .272 with 16 home runs and 42 RBIs. Kimbrel, 33, has also rejuvenated his career this season. Sporting a 0.59 ERA with 20 saves and 53 strikeouts, Kimbrel is on an All-Star roster for the eighth time.

Additionally, former Cubs Yu Darvish and Kyle Schwarber were tabbed to play for the National League squad in the Midsummer Classic. Darvish, who has now been picked for five All-Star teams, is currently 7-3 with a 2.65 ERA and 123 strikeouts in his first season as a San Diego Padres starter. Schwarber, a left fielder for the Washington Nationals, hit 16 of his 25 home runs in June but is not expected to participate in the All-Star Game due to a strained right hamstring. This is Schwarber's first career All-Star selection.

The All-Star starters were revealed on Thursday, and Cincinnati Reds right fielder Nicholas Castellanos, another erstwhile Cub, was voted in as a National League starter. He will be making his All-Star Game debut. Also, former Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman, now with the New York Yankees, received his seventh All-Star nod and will come out of the bullpen for the American League team.

The upcoming All-Star Game will take place in Denver at Coors Field, the home of the Colorado Rockies. Scheduled for Tuesday, July 13, the contest will begin at 6:30 p.m. CDT.

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