Tribune staff report
It took four days of furious voting, but Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and White Sox starter Chris Sale are heading to the All-Star Game.
The two were among the 10 candidates for MLB’s Final Vote, which ended Thursday afternoon after a marathon six-hours of Twitter voting helped keep Sale (6.7 million votes) and Rizzo (8.8 million) in the lead of their respective leagues.
Sale is the third Sox player named to the American League All-Star team this year alongside rookie first baseman Jose Abreu and shortstop Alexei Ramirez.
Rizzo joins Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro on the NL squad.
“We knew coming in these guys have skill, aptitude and the ability to play the game and maybe they’ve found a sense of comfort, confidence, another year of experience under their belt,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said of the duo. “Any number of things that have contributed to it. It’s gratifying that we have two young men on our ballclub who have done very well and will be representing us.”
Both Sale and Rizzo led voting on Thursday morning and were able to hang on until the polls closed.