Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun tied a franchise record by making his fifth All-Star team as announced Sunday morning by Major League Baseball. It is the first of five appearances that will come as voted upon by his peers and not by the fans. He will be the lone Brewer in the midsummer classic. He is not scheduled to start at this point, but may earn a start by default if Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is not off the disabled list. Even if Kemp recovers in time to play in the All-Star game, Braun still would have a shot at the starting lineup as a potential designated hitter.
Braun finished fourth in fan balloting to fellow NL outfielders Melky Cabrera of the Giants, Carlos Beltran of the Cardinals and Matt Kemp of the Dodgers. The reigning National League MVP was approximately 107,000 votes shy of Kemp.
Brewers fans were miffed that pitching ace Zack Greinke was left off the team. His 12 quality starts this season with a 2.82 ERA was thought to be more than enough to appear in the game for the National League.
The All-Star Game in Kansas City will air on FOX at 7 p.m. CT on July 10.