3. Atlanta Braves 2012 All-Stars: Chipper Jones, Craig Kimbrel, Dan Uggla, Michael Bourn
We know 2012 as Chipper Jones’ final season, ending in the wild NL Wild Card game against the Cardinals. However, the Braves were packing some firepower in 2012.
Atlanta Braves 2012 All-Star: Chipper Jones
In a farewell to one of the greatest Atlanta Braves of all time, Chipper made the All-Star game as a reserve.
This was Chipper’s eighth and final appearance.
Chipper had only logged 197 PAs prior to the break, but he made the most of his opportunities.
All-Star Credentials: .318/.396/.480, 25 R, 55 H, 10 2B, 6 HR, 33 RBI, 23 BB, 21 SO
All-Star Stat Line: 1-1 (GB Single to RF off Sale)
Atlanta Braves 2012 All-Star: Craig Kimbrel
Kimbrel had earned his second All-Star selection in just his second full season. The reigning NL Rookie of the Year went on to lead the NL saves for a second straight season in 2012. He finished up the 2012 season with an insane 1.01 ERA in 62.2 innings, racking up 116 SOs.
Kimbrel entered the game in the bottom of the eighth down 0-8. He struck out Asdrubal Cabrera and Ian Kinsler before being replaced by Aroldis Chapman.
All-Star Credentials: 1.36 ERA, 33.0 IP, 56 SO, 0.70 WHIP
All-Star Stat Line: 0.2 IP, 2 SO
Atlanta Braves 2012 All-Star: Dan Uggla
This was Dan Uggla‘s third and final All-Star appearance. He had established himself as one of the league’s premier power-hitting second basement between 2006-2011, but that began to fade in 2012.
Despite leading the league in walks with 94, he broke a personal streak of five straight seasons with 30+ homers and six straight with 27 or more. Uggla finished 2012 with just 19 homers and a .220 average, setting the stage for his precipitous drop in production in 2013 with a .179 average.
All-Star Credentials: .221/.351/.395, 53 R, 65 H, 15 2B, 12 HR, 45 RBI, 55 BB, 99 SO
All-Star State Line: 1-3, 0 R, 1 H, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 SO
Atlanta Braves 2012 All-Star: Michael Bourn
At age 29, this was Bourn’s second and final All-Star game. He finished the season with 42 steals after coming off of a 61 steal performance in 2011.
The speedster got on base with a .348 clip, racked up 57 RBI, 26 2B, and a whopping 10 triples.
All-Star Credentials: .311/.366/.451, 60 R, 17 2B, 6 3B, 7 HR, 32 RBI, 25 SB
All-Star Stat Line: 0-1, 0 R, 0 H, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 1 SO