The Atlanta Braves will be represented quite well at this year’s Midsummer Classic in Seattle.
Eight players from their roster have been selected to the National League All-Star squad.
Sean Murphy, Orlando Arcia, and Ronald Acuna Jr. earned starting spots, but the reserves and pitchers were announced yesterday, and five additional Braves players were added to the roster.
Ozzie Albies, Austin Riley, Matt Olson, Bryce Elder, and Spencer Strider were added to the mix on Sunday.
This sets a Braves record of eight All-Stars, breaking the record of seven set in 1997 and again in 2003.
On Twitter, Sarah Langs of MLB.com pointed out this interesting fact.
The Braves’ 8 All-Stars are their most in a season in franchise history, surpassing 2003 & 1997 (7)
Only 6 teams have had more in a year + all were AL
8 ties 2008 CHC, 1960 PIT, 1956 CIN & 1943 STL for most All-Stars for a NL club in a season https://t.co/YrJ73FdRzs
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) July 2, 2023
The Braves now have the most All-Stars of any National League team this season.
Only six teams in Major League history have sent more than eight players to the All-Star Game, and Langs points out that all of them were American League squads.
Langs also notes that eight ties the 2008 Chicago Cubs, 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates, 1956 Cincinnati Reds, and 1943 St. Louis Cardinals for the most in National League history for a single season.
Needless to say, the five-time defending National League East champions will be well represented in Seattle next week.
Three players from their roster will be in the starting lineup, while at least five will be either in the bullpen or on the bench.
It is possible that the National League squad will tap either Strider or Elder for the start in this year’s Midsummer Classic.
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