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Michael Bourn to Replace Ian Desmond in 2012 All-Star Game

July 8th, 2012 at 12:17 AM
By Cody Fields

Atlanta Braves center fielder Michael Bourn learned today that he won't be snubbed for the 2012 All-Star Game after all. We will represent the National League after Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond was scratched from the game with a strained oblique.

Bourn is currently hitting .310 with an already career high seven homers. His 24 stolen bases are currently third in the NL, and he has led the league in steals in each of the past three seasons.

"It feels good; it's just a different scenario for me," Bourn said. "Things happen in different ways some times. I thank God for it. It's always an honor to be an All-Star and a blessing to be around the kind of caliber of players you get to be around."

The selection is Bourn's second of his career, with his only other All-Star appearance coming in 2010.

"God works in mysterious ways, and I mean that," Bourn said. "You've got to take it how it comes. You always want to make it the first time, but it didn't happen that way. You've got to stay positive about it. The thing about it is, when you're going through all of that, you've still got to play baseball."

Bourn's selection gives the Braves four representatives in the All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium He joins Dan Uggla, Chipper Jones and Craig Kimbrel.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Ian Desmond, Michael Bourn, MLB

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