The Cubs’ Starlin Castro was named an All-Star for a second straight year and Bryan LaHair for the first time, both as National League reserves selected by player votes.
First base coach Dave McKay will be part of the staff of Tony La Russa. McKay was a long-time coach with the Cardinals before La Russa retired at the end of last season.
Castro was hitting .298, while LaHair will go mostly as a first baseman, although he has been playing outfield for most of the last two weeks.
It is a dream come true for the 29-year-old LaHair, who is playing in his first full major league season.
“It would be great to make it,” he said before getting named. “It’s not something you play for, but it would be awesome.”
LaHair was hitting .284 with 13 homers and 28 RBI. Nine of his 13 homers tied the game or put the Cubs in the lead.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times