By: Will Farlow
Three seasons ago the Chicago Cubs traded in a fire sale key players from their 2016 World Series run. This lead to fans having to handle another rebuild situation . Now in 2023 , fans are excited again at Wrigley with this newly improved Cubs team. The Cubs are off to a great start here in 2023, and they gave even more good news to their fans. The Chicago Cubs have three key players named to the NL All Star Team in Marcus Stroman, Dansby Swanson, and Justin Steele. Here are my takes on why these three truly deserve the All Star nods.
Marcus Stroman has been a well respected pitcher in the MLB for many years. Stroman is a reliable pitcher when healthy, and plays the game fans want appreciate from a pitcher. The pitcher’s second season as a Cub as been his best at Wrigley in my view. There are reports his stay could be short, but I feel the All Star nod will lead to his long term future at Wrigley Field. I admire how much Stroman has been connected to his teammates and the fans. Stroman has had a season that has truly earned him a trip to Seattle coming soon.
Dansby Swanson has been a talented shortstop since his MLB debut back in 2016. The moment he came to the Cubs this past offseason led to the excitement of fans on the Northside. Swanson has vastly improved the Cubs defense and hits in game situations. The Cubs thanks to adding the shortstop now have one of the best defenses in the league. Swanson has taken his winning experience into a young clubhouse to help his team be successful.
Justin Steele is my favorite of these three Chicago Cubs that were named to play in the 2023 MLB All Star Game in Seattle. This young Cub came into the season primed to breakout , and he has done just that in his third season in the majors. Steele has led the NL Pitchers in ERA and WHIP. Steele in my honest opinion in the next three years will be at the top of this young Cubs pitching rotation.
The Chicago Cubs having three players named to the MLB All Star Game is a positive sign for their future in the league. This team will be contending consistently once again in postseason baseball. They have fight, strong defense, and impressive team chemistry. Congratulations to Dansby Swanson, Justin Steele , and Marcus Stroman for being named to the NL All Star Team in 2023.
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