Congratulations to Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun on being named a starter for the All-Star game.
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Braves third baseman Chipper Jones is replacing Dodgers third baseman Matt Kemp on the NL All-Star roster, meaning Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun will now start in the outfield in Kemp’s place.
Braun will be named the starter for the fifth year in a row. Braun had finished fourth in the voting among outfielders, but was selected as a reserve.
Jones had been a candidate to be voted onto the team by fans in baseball’s Final Vote campaign. Instead, the 40-year-old Jones is replacing Kemp, who is on the disabled list with a hamstring injury but plans to participate in the All-Star home run derby.
The Cardinals announced this morning that manager Tony La Russa has retired after 33 seasons in a major-league dugout, the last 16 seasons of which was spent with the Cardinals.
“Tony leaves behind a legacy of success that will always be remembered as one of the most successful eras in Cardinals history,” chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said at the announcement.
“I knew this day would come. I just hoped that it wouldn’t.”
La Russa said he told owner Bill DeWitt and the players Sunday evening of his decision. He said he actually made his decision to retire in August, and informed general manager John Mozeliak at the time.
“There isn’t one (factor) that dominates (my decision),” La Russa said at the news conference. “They all just come together telling you your time is over.
“We went through the season and I felt that this just feels like it’s time to end it and I think it’s going to be great for the Cardinals to refresh what’s going on here.
“I’m looking forward to what’s ahead. I’m ready to do something different.”
And that decision being made in August when the Cardinals were on the outside looking in when it came to the playoff race? Just a coincidence apparently.
“That’s a good connection to make because of the coincidence, but it’s inaccurate,” he said.
Congratulations Tony on being able to go out in style and on top after managing the Cardinals to a World Series win. Best of luck in retirement.
Uecker will give more details about his return at a press conference at 3:00 p.m. Friday before his return to the booth.
Uecker, the longtime voice of the Brewers on Newsradio 620 WTMJ, has been behind the microphone calling Major League Baseball games for more consecutive years than almost any active broadcaster. (Source: 620WTMJ)