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Torero Standout and Cubs' 3B Kris Bryant Named to MLB All-Star Game's NL Roster

Kris Bryant picked as a reserve for the NL All-Star teamKris Bryant, third baseman for the Chicago Cubs and Torero baseball standout (2011-13), learned Sunday that he's been named to the NL roster for the July 9 MLB All-Star Game in Cleveland.

Former University of San Diego baseball standout Kris Bryant, the current third baseman for the Chicago Cubs, was named to the 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game’s National League roster as a reserve selection in the Commissioner’s Office vote, it was announced on June 30.

The 90th Major League Baseball All-Star Game, which will be played Tuesday, July 9 at Cleveland’s Progressive Field and televised on Fox TV, will serve as Bryant’s third all-star game selection and appearance.

Bryant’s latest appearance comes after Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado was the voted in as the starter. Bryant, the runner-up in main voting, is hitting .287 with 16 home runs, 41 RBI, 85 hits, 24 doubles and 63 runs scored after the Cubs' July 1 game.

“This is the most special one I’ve had so far, and it means a lot,” Bryant was quoted as saying in the Chicago Tribune's story. The fifth-year major leaguer’s reaction to his all-star selection is his belief that he's rebounding from an injury-plagued 2018 season. “Last year didn’t go the way I wanted to, but I got through some things. It’s paid off. I’m still not done. It’s the halfway point. There are a lot of games left to play, but it feels nice."

Bryant, the 2015 National League Rookie of the Year and 2016 NL Most Valuable Player when he helped the Cubs win their first World Series title since 1908, joins Cubs teammates and starters, shortstop Javier Baez and catcher Wilson Contreras, on the 2019 NL all-star roster.

Bryant played in his first all-star game as a rookie when he was named as an injury replacement NL reserve for the 2015 game that was played at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park. In 2016 he was voted in as the starting third baseman when the game was played at San Diego’s Petco Park. He started and played in the 2016 game in the city where he starred for the Toreros (2011-13). He was a two-time All-American, won the 2013 Golden Spikes Award and 2013 Dick Howser Trophy, set USD’s single-season and career home run records and was the Cubs’ No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

In his two previous all-star appearances, Bryant walked and flied out in 2015. He went 1-for-2, highlighted by a first-pitch, first-inning solo home run against Chris Sale in the 2016 game. The National League has lost both all-star games Bryant has played in as the American League is currently riding a six-game win streak in the annual contest.

Arenado, Bryant and Anthony Rendon of the Washington Nationals are the NL third baseman selected by NL All-Star Manager Dave Roberts of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Because the game is being played in an American League ballpark the designated hitter will be part of the hitting lineup and Bryant could be a potential candidate for that spot.

— Ryan T. Blystone

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