Kris Bryant and Craig Kimbrel of the Chicago Cubs were selected as 2021 National League All-Stars and will join the rest of the All-Stars in Colorado next week. This will be the 4th All-Star appearance for Kris Bryant, and the 8th for Craig Kimbrel.
Kris Bryant has been the Cubs’ Swiss Army Knife in 2021, playing five different positions. Aside from his natural third base position, Bryant has also played all three outfield spots and first base. Not only has he been all over the field, he has been crushing the baseball like his MVP season in 2016 slashing .272/.355/.511 with 16 home runs in 76 games. At this same time in 2016, KB was slashing a somewhat similar .279/.373/.575 with 24 home runs.
Kris Bryant was leading the fan vote for third basemen for much of the way, but a not-so-stellar month of June could have played a part in Nolan Arenado overtaking him. All in all, Kris Bryant has earned his 4th All-Star appearance, and this will most definitely not be his last.
Bryant won National League Player of the Week for games between April 26-May 2 where he slashed a monster .417/.500/1.042 with four home runs and 10 RBI’s in six games.
Chicago Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel will be making his 8th total All-Star Game appearance, and his first as a member of the Chicago Cubs. Kimbrel has pitched to the tune of a 0.59 ERA with 53 strikeouts to only 10 walks in 30.2 innings. He has a 1-2 record with 20 saves. His 20 saves in 2021 is his most in a season since 2018, and he isn’t stopping there.
His All-Star first half of 2021 is highlighted by closing the first Cubs combined no-hitter in franchise history on June 24 against the Dodgers.