For the first time in his career, Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ has earned a spot on the National League All-Star team.
The announcement comes as no surprise to Cubs fans. Happ, who’s arguably having the best season of his career so far, has been a consistent offensive threat for the Cubs throughout the season.
In 83 games, the switch hitter is slashing .277/.372/.449 with 81 hits including eight home runs, 40 RBIs, 22 doubles, 41 walks, and six stolen bases. He ranks ninth in on-base percentage, fifth in doubles, and second in assists as a left fielder in the National League.
Happ is the second Cubs player to date to make the NL All-Star team. He joins Willson Contreras, who was announced last week as the NL’s starting catcher. According to Taylor McGregor of Marquee Sports Network, Happ was pretty emotional when manager David Ross broke the news to him.
Ian Happ’s future with the Chicago Cubs is a bit uncertain at the moment as he could be a candidate to move elsewhere at the trade deadline in August. Don’t be surprised to see trade rumors continue to pop up over the next few weeks, especially after his All-Star selection.
But for now, let’s just enjoy the fact that Happ will be representing the Cubs in this year’s All-Star game in Los Angeles.
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