Jul 11, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro (13) and first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) accept their all star jersey

MLB All Star Game: Anthony Rizzo Facing Backlash For All-Star Selection


Anthony Rizzo is set to play in his first All-Star game on Tuesday in Minnesota and Rizzo could very well receive boos when he enters the game.

The reason why Rizzo could be booed at the All-Star game is because he was voted into the game by the fans last week. One of the players that was spurned by the selection of Rizzo was Colorado Rockies’ first baseman Justin Morneau. Morneau, prior to his time with the Rockies, was a storied member of the Minnesota Twins’ franchise.

Rizzo, however, is confident about his season and believes that he deserves to be in the All-Star game.

 “I was very impressed — very nervous and impressed. [Morneau] had a lot of great years here,” Rizzo said. “I got 8.8 million votes, so that’s getting your name out there a little more in the national spotlight. It was nerve-racking, but I also hit a few home runs [last week] to keep it going.”-Anthony Rizzo, ESPN Chicago 

Of the two, Rizzo has been the more productive player in the National League this season.

This season, Rizzo is hitting .275/.381/.499 with 20 home runs and 49 RBIs. Rizzo also has a wOBA of .382 this season to go along with a wRC+ of 142 and an ISO of .223.

Meanwhile, Morneau is hitting .312/.345/.502 with 13 home runs and 60 RBIs this season with the Rockies. Morneau also possesses a wOBA of  .366 this season with a wRC+ of 119 and an ISO of .189.

Rizzo, along with shortstop Starlin Castro, will be representing the Cubs in the All-Star game on Tuesday.

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