The National League and American League All-Star teams were announced on Sunday and it was not a busy time for the Milwaukee Brewers. Outfielder Ryan Braun was the lone Brewer named to the Mid-Summer Classic which will be played Tuesday, July 10th in Kansas City.
This marks the 5th straight year Braun was named an All-Star, however, it’s the first time he was not named a starter. Braun lost out on a starting spot to Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, Carlos Beltran of the Cardinals and Milkey Cabrera of the Giants. Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke has no issue with who was voted in…
There is still a strong chance Braun will find himself in the starting line-up. Kemp has been battling a hamstring injury and it’s unlikely he will play, possibly opening up a spot for Braun. Braun’s 5th selection ties him with Cecil Cooper and Paul Molitor for the most in franchise history.
Starting Pitcher Zack Greinke was surprisingly left off the NL Roster. Greinke is 9-2 this season with a 2.82 ERA, numbers that usually make you a lock for the All-Star game. The fact Greinke is slated to pitch on Saturday may have something to do with the snub.
This will be the first time since 2005 that the Brewers had less than 3-players named to the All-Star roster.