Ryan Braun Named to All-Star Team


Ryan Braun was named to the National League All-Star Game on Sunday before the start of the Brewers game against the Dodgers.  It will be Braun’s 6th appearance in the mid-summer classic.

Braun will join the team in place of St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday, who is skipping the game due to an injured quadricep muscle, an injury that has landed him on the 15 day disabled list.  Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson will replace Holliday in the starting lineup for the National League squad.

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Braun has put up numbers that are certainly worthy of an All-Star bid.  Before the start of the game on Sunday, Braun was slashing .272/.338/.485 while hitting 15 home runs and knocking in 55 runners.  In his first at-bat on Sunday, Braun launched his 16th home run into the right center field bleachers.  He has also swiped 12 bags in 13 attempts, already surpassing his total from all of last year.

Braun has appeared in the All-Star game in 5 previous seasons, playing each year from 2008-2012.  He is 2-10 in All-Star game at-bats with both of his hits coming in the 2012 game, when he finished 2-3 with a double, RBI, and run scored, as the N.L. team blanked the A.L. team 8-0.

Braun will join Brewers teammate Francisco Rodriguez in the game which will be played on Tuesday at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati with the first pitch slated for 7 pm central time.