This year marked the first time a new voting system would be used in the MLB All-Star voting. Rather than the ultimate popular vote to determine the starters for the Mid-Summer Classic, the voters had to vote in two separate waves to determine the starters.
The first wave was the general population vote. Once that window closed, the top three vote-getters at each position were then thrown into a pool of voting. After 28 hours of voting, the voters chose Javier Baez and Willson Contreras to start for the National League in the All-Star Game!
Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant were both finalists at their respective positions for the NL but ultimately didn’t receive the starting nods. However, there is still a strong possibility that both can make the roster as reserves.
Javier Baez is the first player in MLB history to start at second base one year (2018) and then start at shortstop (2019) the following year.
Willson Contreras is the first Cubs catcher to start back-to-back All-Star games since 1937 (Gabby Hartnett) and the fourth catcher in the last 25 years overall to accomplish the feat.
Without a doubt, both players are deserving of their starting nods. Stay tuned as the rest of the All-Star rosters will be revealed this coming Sunday at 4:30p.m. CST.
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