6 Atlanta Braves All-Stars you forgot about

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Omar Infante (2010)

If you didn't read my article last week, you should, but here's the quick rundown.

Infante had come to the Braves in a trade with the Cubs in November 2007. He quickly established himself as a dependable utility player, alongside Martin Prado, and was roughly a league-average hitter from 2008-2010.

Despite this, he was never a regular with the Braves. However, this was not an issue for Charlie Manuel, who decided to select the Braves' utility player for the All-Star Game. It was a controversial pick, and in the end, he didn't even enter the game.

2010 was Infante's final year with the Braves, as he was dealt to the Marlins along with Mike Dunn for Dan Uggla and finally found himself with regular playing time. He was also never involved in All-Star controversy again, not once.

Michael Bourn (2012)

Michael Bourn's first tenure with the Braves was only a year and a half, but he was one of the team's best players over that time span, accumulating 6.4 fWAR in 952 PAs.

At the All-Star break, the Braves CF had the 7th-highest fWAR in baseball at 3.9. He had a .311/.366/.451 slash line (123 wRC+) and was an elite base runner and defender.

Somehow, however, he wasn't selected by the fans (twice, thanks to him losing the Final Vote!) or by the manager or Commissioner's Office.

Thankfully, he was added after an injury to Nationals' SS, Ian Desmond, opened a spot on the NL roster.

Bourn entered the game as a pinch-hitter, replacing Chipper Jones, but would strike out in his only plate appearance.

Bourn would leave the Braves after the 2012 season and sign a four-year deal with the Cleveland Indians but would be traded back to the Braves in the third year of his contract, along with Nick Swisher, in exchange for Chris Johnson.

Craig Kimbrel, Wade Miley, Terry Collins, Michael Bourn, Chipper Jones
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Mike Foltynewicz (2018)

I don't think Braves fans have forgotten about Mike Foltynewicz, but I do think many have forgotten about his 2018 season.

After being acquired from the Astros in 2015, Foltynewicz took a few years to figure it out. From 2015-2017, the righty put up 3.3 fWAR. In 2018 alone, he put up 3.8.

At the All-Star break, Folty had a 2.66 ERA in 101.2 innings. His 2.2 fWAR was 21st-best among MLB starters.

In the All-Star game, he followed Scherzer and deGrom, who allowed two runs in three innings, with the NL's first scoreless inning.

Unfortunately, 2018 was the only season where Folty put things together. After a mediocre 2019 and a very poor start in 2020, the righty's tenure in Atlanta was over.