If seven All Stars wasn't enough for Cub Nation, then they'll be pleased to hear that Carlos Marmol has replaced fellow Cub reliever Kerry Wood (blister) on the National League All Star roster. Marmol's inclusion gives the Northsiders eight representatives, topping Boston (seven) for most in the Majors.
Marmol, who despite giving up 16 earned runs in 15 1/3rd innings since June, has been among the elite set up men in baseball this season. By compiling 70 k's in 52 2/3rd innings, Marmol has played a vital role in the Cubs first-half success.
Many may argue Taylor Buchholz or Chad Durbin were more deserving, but it was Marmol who gathered the next-highest vote total among his peers.
It remains to be seen what role Marmol will play Tuesday night, but with Sweet Lou sitting next to NL Coach Clint Hurdle, don't be surprised if Marmol has a spectator's view of the historic proceedings.