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Brain McCann, Craig Kimbrel Named to the Sporting News All-Star Team

October 28th, 2011 at 8:34 AM
By Cody Fields

The accolades keep coming for Craig Kimbrel, who was elected along with Brian McCann to the Sporting News National League All-Star team.

Already having been named TSN's NL Rookie of the Year, Kimbrel earned the only spot for a reliever on the team with his Major League rookie record 46 saves and 2.10 ERA. His 79 apperances were the second most in the majors.

It has also been well documented that his 37 1/3 scoreless innings from June through September helped put the Atlanta Braves in a comfortable position in September before they blew their 8 1/2-game lead to the St. Louis Cardinals.

McCann may have endured a rough six-week stretch from mid-August through the end of the season, when he hit .180 after straining his oblique in July, but he still managed to lead NL catchers in homers with 24 and came in second with 71 RBIs and an .817 OPS.

Balloting was conducted by 29 executives from NL teams. Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp was the only NL unanimous selection, and Kemp's teammate, Clayton Kershaw, was named the NL team's starting pitcher. The Dodgers, Braves and Milwaukee Brewers (first baseman Prince Fielder and outfielder Ryan Braun) were the only NL teams with more than one selection.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Brian McCann, Craig Kimbrel, MLB

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