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Estrada to represent Braves07/04/2004 7:00 PM ET
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com
ATLANTA -- When the Braves announced the Kevin Milwood trade to Philadelphia 18 months ago, the mention of Johnny Estrada's name was followed by the question, "and who else?"
His name now can be preceded by the term "All-Star" as the Atlanta catcher will be the team's lone representative at this year's Midsummer Classic, which will be played on July 13 at Houston's Minute Maid Park.
Because Mets catcher Mike Piazza once again received the most votes in fan balloting, he'll get the starting assignment for the National League All-Stars. The 2,296,667 votes cast for Piazza enabled him to surpass Carlton Fisk as the all-time leading vote-getter among catchers.
Estrada was honored that his selection had come because he garnered more votes in balloting done among Major League players, managers and coaches than any other NL catcher.
"That says a lot," Estrada said. "I didn't know how good I had been playing or how the other players thought about me. It's nice to be honored like that."