Braun added to NL’s starting outfield

Note: Major League Baseball just confirmed to the Brewers that Braun will start. I’ve updated my earlier blog post.

Ryan Braun is an All-Star Game starter, after all.

After falling just short in fan balloting, Braun was added to the NL’s starting outfield on Tuesday when the Dodgers’ Matt Kemp pulled out of the event because of a hamstring injury. Colleague Mark Bowman reported first that the Braves’ Chipper Jones had taken Kemp’s spot on the roster, meaning Braun would take Kemp’s spot in the starting lineup.

Braun got the nod by rule, as the top vote-getter on the player ballot who was not voted to the starting lineup by fans.

Major League Baseball confirmed Braun’s “promotion” only minutes after Braun belted a three-run home run in Tuesday’s game against the Marlins at Miller Park

Braun was voted to the starting lineup in each of the previous four seasons, but missed the 2011 game because of a leg injury. He already is the only player in Brewers history to start three All-Star Games; now he is poised for a fourth.

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Now that Kemp is entered into the Home Run Derby, is there a chance he might replace Ryan Braun as a starter. It’s something I fear La Russa might do because he hates the brewers. Look at the snub of Greinke. Why pick Roenicke as a coach? I don’t know. Is La Russa, if Braun starts, going to pull him for kemp or naother outfielder after one at-bat? I don’t trust La Russa; he’s a lawyer and i’m a CPA – we hate each other, because we’re honest and they’re crooks – most of them; not mine.

Of course, this is all tongue-in-cheek, but I really hope Ryan plays most of the game, especially if he produces. I voted for him and many other brewers 250 times; I think Braun may go down as one of the great players of all time. I hope he didn’t get hit in the back intentionally on Friday night (July 6th), especially since there would be no reason at that point of the game to hit him.

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