Even though the Braves will not have a player in the National League's starting lineup for the 2014 All-Star Game, Atlanta will still be well-represented at the All-Star Game. At least, that's what Fredi Gonzalez would have us believe.
In his normal post-game presser with the media (which is televised on Fox Sports South/SportSouth's Braves Live show) following the Braves' loss to the Diamondbacks, Fredi revealed that the Braves will be sending 3 players to Minneapolis for the All-Star Game.
Those 3 players? Freddie Freeman, Craig Kimbrel and Julio Teheran. Even though this news isn't confirmed (yet) it does come from a pretty good source considering that Fredi is on the National League All-Stars coaching staff this season, so if anybody would know ahead of time who's going and who isn't, it'd be one of the coaches, right? Plus, this suspicious tweet from DOB seems to believe that this might be the case.
oops, looks like a tv network just violated the All-Star moratorium.— David O'Brien (@ajcbraves) July 6, 2014
Even if this ends up being a bunch of malarkey, Freeman, Kimbrel, and Teheran are 3 of the best players in the National League at their respective positions, so it makes sense that they'd be selected to the team. If not, then it'll be very interesting to see who got in ahead of those 3.
EDIT: We won't have to have that conversation because all 3 of them got in.
This will be Kimbrel's 4th trip to the All-Star game, Freeman's 2nd, and the very first All-Star selection for Julio Teheran.