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Dan Uggla and Craig Kimbrel Named to National League All-Star Team

July 1st, 2012 at 3:50 PM
By Jonathan McCullough

Two Atlanta Braves will be making the trip to Kansas City to play for the National League in the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. 

Second baseman Dan Uggla will start for the National League on July 10 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Uggla is batting .235 with 11 homers, 43 RBIs, and a .777 OPS. He started the season strong, batting .283 with an .805 OPS through the first 38 games. Since then, he has hit just .179 with a .745 OPS to lower his overall numbers. This will be his third appearance in the Midsummer Classic and his first since 2008.

Closer Craig Kimbrel, who is quickly becoming one of the best closers in the game, garnered his second straight All-Star selection. Kimbrel has converted 23 of 24 save opportunities and currently has a stellar 1.50 ERA. In 30 innings of work, Kimbrel has struck out 50 batters while walking only 10.

Chipper Jones and Michael Bourn have a chance to be the last player selected for the National League team. Both players are among a group of five candidates who are eligible for the Final Vote. Fans will decide what player wins the Final Vote.

Brian McCann, who had been selected to the last six All-Star games, did not receive enough votes to make it seven in a row.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Brian McCann, Chipper Jones, Craig Kimbrel, Dan Uggla, Michael Bourn, MLB

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