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Chipper Jones named to All-Star team as Kemp's replacement

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Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones was added to the National League All-Star team on Tuesday as a replacement for injured Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp.

The 40-year-old Jones, who has announced he will retire after this season, will participate in his eighth All-Star Game.

He might have made the N.L. squad even if he had not been named as Kemp's replacement, because he was leading in the fans' Final Vote balloting process to name one member of the team.

With Jones' selection Tuesday, David Freese of the Cardinals becomes the leader in the Final Vote for the National League.

"I've savored each and every one of them," Jones told MLB.com, regarding his past All-Star Game experiences. "It's a tremendous honor. Making All-Star teams, in a certain sense, is a popularity contest. But when you go to a bunch of them, you separate yourself as the elite of the elite. Everyone who dons a Major League uniform is an elite ballplayer. But when you get to an All-Star Game, that puts you in a different category."

Jones entered Tuesday's action hitting .291 with six homers in 45 games this season.

The All-Star Game will be played next Tuesday night at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium, the only current ballpark in which Jones has not played.
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