Braun believes numbers speak for themselves
Five-time All-Star posts best first-half stats after turbulent offseason
KANSAS CITY -- Yes, this All-Star Game means more to the Brewers' Ryan Braun, who spent his winter wondering if he'd be forced to sit out the season's first 50 games.But there he was Monday, on the eve of his fifth appearance at an All-Star Game and his fourth start, owner of the same solid numbers -- or better -- that he's put up in every other year. Braun was asked whether he feels vindication.
"Yeah, a little bit, honestly," he said. "Of course there is."There's vindication for Braun because he entered the All-Star break batting .306 with a National League-best 24 home runs, and 61 RBIs. Essentially, he's the same productive player, even if he's been treated a bit differently around the league after a complicated offseason in which Braun won the NL Most Valuable Player Award in November, then had to win his appeal of a suspension in February. Braun made the 2012 All-Star team via the player ballot and made the starting lineup after the Dodgers' Matt Kemp withdrew because of a hamstring injury. Braun is batting third as the left fielder in the starting lineup unveiled Monday by National League manager Tony La Russa. "I've said from the beginning that the single best thing I could do to move on was to have success, go out there, do the same things I've done on the field," Braun said. "I think this has actually been the best first half that I've had in my six years in the league."
National League lineup
|1. Carlos Gonzalez, COL||L||DH|
|2. Melky Cabrera, SF||S||CF|
|3. Ryan Braun, MIL||R||LF|
|4. Joey Votto, CIN||L||1B|
|5. Carlos Beltran, STL||S||RF|
|6. Buster Posey, SF||R||C|
|7. Pablo Sandoval, SF||S||3B|
|8. Dan Uggla, ATL||R||2B|
|9. Rafael Furcal, STL||S||SS|
|Matt Cain, SF||R||P|
Fans will also have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet via the 2012 MLB.com All-Star Game MVP Vote during the All-Star Game on MLB.com.