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Who will represent the Braves at the All-Star Game?

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The injury-riddled Braves would have probably had several All-Stars if not for the injuries. Chipper Jones, Mike Hampton, and John Thomson were all on their way to being potential picks. Instead, the Braves will likely only have one representative for the second straight year, and nobody in the starting lineup. Andruw Jones looks like a probable pick. He is the National League's leader in home runs with 19, and would probably participate in the Home Run Derby. Knowing Andruw's reputation for putting on shows in batting practice, he would probably do well. Andruw is also 7th in the National League with a .549 slugging percentage. His overall numbers are .265/.336/.549 for a .885 OPS. Being a 7-time Gold Glove winner, and being well on his way to winning his 8th Gold Glove won't hurt either. It would be his 4th All-Star appearance. He nearly won the All-Star Game MVP in 2003, but Eric Gagne blew the save that year and an AL player won the award instead. Another player with an outside shot is John Smoltz. Smoltz has only a 6-5 record, but has had a terrible lack of run support and has had several blown saves in his starts by Dan KolBB. Had he been getting normal run support and bullpen effectiveness, he would probably be 11-2 or 10-3. He has good all-around numbers, including some stats where he ranks near the top of the league: -4th in NL in innings pitched with 100.1 -11th in NL in ERA with a 3.14 mark -13th in NL in strikeouts with 76 I personally don't like the All-Star break all that much. It's 3 days without a Braves game in the middle of the summer! And you know how that exhibition game has importance in who wins the World Series...However, it gets the players a needed rest, and our injury-depleted team could use it.

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