Seven Cubs are heading to the All-Star Game, and by the looks of it, they're heading there in style.
Following Sunday's win over the Pirates in Pittsburgh, the five Cubs position players elected All-Star starters — first baseman Anthony Rizzo, second baseman Ben Zobrist, shortstop Addison Russell, third baseman Kris Bryant and outfielder Dexter Fowler — plus pitchers Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester headed for San Diego.
Before they boarded the plane, Rizzo tweeted out this picture of the Cubs' massive All-Star contingent.
You'll be able to spot these guys taking in Monday night's Home Run Derby (none of them are participating after Rizzo and Bryant both did last year in Cincinnati) and on the field Tuesday night during the Midsummer Classic at Petco Park.
David Bote signed a 5-year contract with the Cubs at the beginning of the year, but he is headed to Triple-A Iowa.
Bote joins Ian Happ, Addison Russell and Albert Almora Jr. as notable Cubs position players to be sent to Iowa.
Bote's production isn't as bad as the other three. In fact, Bote has respectable numbers at the plate.
In 310 plate appearances this season the 26-year-old is hitting .257/.352/.429. His OPS+ is 100, meaning he has been exactly league average.
The corresponding roster move was not yet announced, but it is expected that reliever Steve Cishek will be activated ahead of Tuesday's game against the San Francisco Giants.
Mark Zagunis was also sent back to Iowa after serving as the 26th man for Sunday's Little League Classic.
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