Cubs Starlin Castro, White Sox Carlos Quentin Make MLB All-Star Team

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Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro today was named to the 2011 National League All-Star team, the first selection of his MLB career. Castro joins manager Mike Quade, who was named to National League Manager Bruce Bochy’s coaching staff last week, in representing the Cubs at the 82nd Major League All-Star Game Tuesday, July 12 in Phoenix .

At age 21, Castro becomes the youngest player in franchise history to be named an All-Star.  300 game winner Greg Maddux was 22-years-old when selected in ’88 but did not play in the exhibition game.  The youngest position player in franchise history to play in the All-Star Game was Ron Santo, who was 23 in 1963.

Right fielder Carlos Quentin was selected as the lone White Sox representative.

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Marlon Byrd is the All-Star Word

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As miserable a season as the Chicago Cubs of had, every Major League Baseball team is allowed one All-Star and outfielder Marlon Byrd has been named to the 2010 National League team on behalf of the Cubs. It is the first All-Star selection of Byrd’s career.

Byrd was selected to the All-Star team by way of voting by the players. The 81st Major League All-Star Game is Tuesday, July 13 in Anaheim.

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