Live blog: Justin Turner says the Cubs aren’t the team to beat anymore
The latest on the MLB All-Star media availability from Miami:
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner may have beat Kris Bryant out of the Final Vote, but he wouldn’t consider himself better than him.
Turner was caught off guard by Sun-Times columnist Steve Greenberg’s rash conclusion that he must be better than Bryant given the results of the Final Vote (watch here).
After the two laughed off the conviction, Turner said that the Cubs are not the team to beat.
Turner also said that the Cubs’ lack of representation at this year’s All-Star Game is the “beauty of baseball.”
“It doesn’t matter how things look on paper. You have to show up and play,” Turner said. “Crazy things happen and it’s just a part of the game.”
Turner is not in National League manager Joe Maddon’s lineup. He’s hitting .377 with 27 doubles and 10 home runs out of his 228 at-bats.
Despite the Cubs struggling season, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw said the Cubs still won the World Series and people need to “respect that.”
Cubs manager Joe Maddon will tell you how it is.
“It was awkward,” Maddon said Monday about receiving his All-Star jersey in front of his team.
“It was awkward while all the players sitting there in the dugout.”
Maddon said it was mainly uncomfortable because his players are the reason he is managing this year’s NL All-Star team.
Although his players may have gotten him there, Maddon said last week that he can’t make an argument for more Cubs representation.
The Cubs are the first team ever to not send a single World Series representative to the following All-Star Game.
Closer Wade Davis is the only Cub going to this year’s All-Star game.
The lineups for the National League and American League were announced shortly after.
Here are the full lineups:
Charlie Blackmon, OF, Rockies
Giancarlo Stanton, DH, Marlins
Bryce Harper, RF, Nationals
Buster Posey, C, Giants
Daniel Murphy, 2B, Nationals
Nolan Arenado, 3B, Rockies
Ryan Zimmerman, 1B, Nationals
Marcell Ozuno, OF, Marlins
Zack Cozart, SS, Reds
Jose Altuve, 2B, Astros
Jose Ramierez, 3B, Indians
Aaron Judge, OF, Yankees
George Springer, OF, Astros
Carlos Correa, SS, Astros
Justin Smoak, 1B, Blue Jays
Corey Dickerson, DH, Rays
Salvador Perez, C, Royals
Mookie Betts, OF, Red Sox
Betts is an injury replacement for Mike Trout, who is suffering a torn ligament in his left thumb.
The starting pitchers for the MLB All-Star Game were announced Monday.
To little surprise, it’ll be a dual between Red Sox ace Chris Sale and Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer.
This is Sale’s six-straight All-Star appearance, and second consecutive starting All-Star role. He is 11-4 with a 2.75 ERA this season for the Red Sox.
Scherzer is the fifth All-Star to start in both the AL and NL. The five-time All-Star and 10-year veteran is 10-5 with a 2.10 ERA this year.
Scherzer was appreciative to receive the starting role.
“Unbelievable to get the nod,” Scherzer said. “It’s an unbelievable accomplishment.”
Sale also appreciated the opportunity to start.
“I’ve been very luck to be where I’m at with the Boston Red Sox,” Sale said. “This is a fun time. I love coming to the All-Star game.”
For the first time in 14 years, World Series home-field advantage is not on the line, which Maddon said he likes more than past years.
“I like this format right now. Under these circumstances, I’m attempting to choreograph everything out in advance,” Maddon said. “It’s an entirely different thought process than the last time. It’s a lot easier to choreograph in advance.”
This year, each player on the winning team will receive $20,000.
The AL has reigned more victorious in recent years, winning the last four All-Star games. The NL leads the All-Star series 43-42-2.
Check back for live updates throughout the day.