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Charlie Blackmon named to NL All-Star team

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Blackmon, who has struggled since a red-hot April, is a surprise selection.

Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon has been selected to the National League All-Star team as a reserve.

It's a bit of a surprise to see Blackmon, who lit the league on fire in April but hasn't been very good since, make the team. The 28-year-old Georgia Tech alum entered Sunday hitting .295/.341/.463 and has played above average outfield defense, but he owns a pedestrian .260/.305/.395 line since May 1 and has been overtaken by Corey Dickerson as the Rockies' cinderella story of the first half of 2014.

Dickerson, Justin Morneau and Nolan Arenado were the other Rockies players who had at least an outside shot of making the team, but none of the three have been included thus far, with the final player vote, as well as the final five players usually entered into the final fan vote, yet to be announced.

Blackmon becomes the 22nd Rockies player in franchise history to be selected to an NL All-Star squad.

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