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Some of you are screaming at your computer screen (or smartphone with the Bleacher Report Team Stream App...cheap plug), "Where the hell is Matt Kemp?"
Well, Kemp has only played in 36 games (.355/12/28) for the Los Angeles Dodgers this season and won't be back in time to play in the actual game. Like I said with Troy Tulowitzki, if you can't play, you shouldn't be voted in.
Also keep in mind that Kemp had one astronomical month (.417/12/25 in April), but should he be rewarded for that over guys who have put together an entire season of work like Braun (.310/20/52) and Carlos Beltran (St. Louis, .310/20/61)? I don't believe so.
So that narrows the final spot down to Braun and Beltran. Beltran has driven in more runs for the Cardinals, but Braun has been driving the ball with more authority than Beltran has as evidenced by his lead in slugging percentage (.590 to .576).
For some of you, there may be one major tiebreaker in the wake of Braun's failed drug test last November.
Well, Braun has been putting up numbers that are better than his MVP campaign from a year ago (.320/16/62 at All-Star Break in 2011), and he's probably been tested about three times a day because baseball didn't like the fact his 50-game suspension was overturned in the first place.
Also to be considered is the fact that Braun is playing with a much weaker lineup in Milwaukee that has been decimated by injuries compared to the one Beltran is playing with in St. Louis.
If Braun were to ever fail another test, I'd have a different opinion. But he hasn't, so he deserves to start in the 2012 All-Star Game.