Freeman was voted to his fourth midsummer classic. The Braves’ face of the franchise arguably is having his best offensive season.
Freeman, 29, is hitting .313/.399/.595 with 22 homers and 61 RBIs. He edged Chicago’s Anthony Rizzo and Pittsburgh’s Josh Bell for starting honors.
It’s the second consecutive season Freeman was elected the NL’s starting first baseman. He hit fourth and went 0-for-2 in last year’s game.
Freeman will be the first Braves player to make consecutive starts in an All-Star game since Chipper Jones in 2000-01. He’s the first Braves first baseman to do so since Fred McGriff in 1995-96.
These likely won’t be the Braves’ only All-Stars. Any of their five other starters election finalists could be chosen: second baseman Ozzie Albies, shortstop Dansby Swanson, third baseman Josh Donaldson, catcher Brian McCann, outfielder Nick Markakis.
The Braves also could have a pitcher on the team, with Mike Soroka (2.07 ERA) the leading candidate.
The All-Star game is scheduled for July 9 in Cleveland.