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Former South Carolina great Jackie Bradley Jr. to start in 2016 MLB All-Star Game

JBJ makes his first Midsummer Classic!

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Boston Red Sox Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

Former South Carolina outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.’s great start to his fourth major league season has earned him a spot in this year’s MLB All-Star Game, set for next Tuesday at 8pm ET in San Diego.

Bradley, who will start in next week’s contest alongside Red Sox teammates Xander Boegarts, Mookie Betts, and David Ortiz, was batting .294 with 13 home runs and 53 RBI. His six triples rank second in the American League, while his slugging percentage of .546 is eighth in the AL. You’ll also remember that Bradley put together a 29-game hitting streak earlier this season that ran for over a month (April 24 to May 26), during which his splits were .415/.488/.783 to go along with 30 RBI. The last Gamecock to play in the All-Star Game? Brian Roberts, back in 2007.

Not only did Bradley make the All-Star Game, but he finished rather high in the AL voting. He finished with 2,184,884 votes, second among outfielders behind Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout.

It’s great to see Bradley break out the way he has, and even better to see him be counted by fans among the league’s best at his position. We’re sure Gamecocks Nation will be watching.