Castro Named to All-Star Team

CHICAGO – Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro today was named to the 2011 National League All-Star team, the first selection of his major league career.

Castro will join manager Mike Quade, who last week was named to National League Manager Bruce Bochy's coaching staff, in representing the Cubs at the 82nd Major League All-Star Game Tuesday, July 12 in Phoenix.

The 21-year-old Castro becomes the youngest player in franchise history to be named to an All-Star team. Greg Maddux was 22-years-old when selected to the All-Star team in 1988 but did not play in the game. The youngest position player in franchise history to play in the All-Star Game is Ron Santo, who made the team at the age of 23 in 1963.

Castro is the first Cubs shortstop to be selected to the All-Star game in 21 years when Shawon Dunston made the club in 1990. Castro is only the sixth shortstop in franchise history to be named to the All-Star team, the third in the last 50 seasons, joining Dunston (twice), Don Kessinger (three times), Ernie Banks (nine times as a shortstop), Billy Jurges (once) and Woody English (once).

Entering Sunday, Castro ranks ninth in the National League with a .309 batting average (108-for-349), second with 108 hits and 32 multi-hit games and third with seven triples. He has appeared in 82 of Chicago's 84 games and leads the club in hits, doubles (21), triples, total bases (149), games played and batting average (among qualifying players).

Castro was named to the All-Star team by Bochy.

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