Dom Brown Is Not Doing Well in All-Star Voting, But That’s Okay

Dom Brown Is Not Doing Well in All-Star Voting, But That’s Okay

Save your campaign buttons and catchy slogans for another year. Domonic Brown does not need our help getting to this season’s MLB All-Star Game in New York.

For the second consecutive week, Brown failed to make the top three outfielders in All-Star voting for the National League. In fact, the league leader in home runs hasn’t even cracked the top 15 despite enjoying a breakout season that puts him near the top in several offensive categories.

Even Chase Utley is fourth among second baseman, and he hasn’t played in like a month.

But honestly, it really shouldn’t come as any surprise. After all, Dom Brown wasn’t on many folks’ radar until about two weeks ago.

Brown’s lack of love in the voting obviously has a lot to do with the fact that he didn’t start making much noise until the end of May, and it probably took until around the beginning of June for people to really take notice. It's like he deserved any votes when he was hitting .250 with six home runs around the middle of May.

Voting kicked off in April, which gave guys like Justin Upton, Bryce Harper, and Carlos Beltran a sizable head start. Given those three players have all eclipsed 1.5 million, and even Jay Bruce in 15th has topped 500,000, it’s not very likely Brown can catch them before the selection process ends on July 4.

It’s seemingly the only area – that and walks I suppose – the 25 year old has not performed well in this season.

No worries. Dom is going to the All-Star game. That much is a no-brainer. It won’t come down to a vote, either. San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy will pick the reserves, and after watching Brown hit a ball into McCovey Cove firsthand last month, I’m confident he’s a believer.

Domonic Brown is going to the All-Star game, voting be damned. He might even get the opportunity to start if Bryce Harper winds up having surgery on his left knee. No campaign to get Brown to the mid-summer classic necessary.

Still, showing a bit more love couldn't hurt either.

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>> All-Star update: Brown not in OF’s top 15 [CSN]

Flyers reveal 2017 Stadium Series jerseys

Flyers reveal 2017 Stadium Series jerseys

Back in black.

The Flyers on Saturday morning revealed their 2017 Stadium Series jerseys for their Feb. 25 outdoor game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Heinz Field.

With their 50th anniversary sweaters resembling their current away jerseys with gold outlining throughout, the Flyers have gone back to black and orange for the outdoor game.

The jersey is almost all black, with an orange name plate and an orange elbow stripe. Orange is sprinkled throughout the jersey.

In addition to the outdoor game, the Flyers will also wear the jersey against the Penguins on March 15 at the Wells Fargo Center, a Wednesday Night Rivalry game.

Pittsburgh unveiled its Stadium Series jersey back on Nov. 25, an all gold uniform in celebration of its 50th season.

Best of NBA: Rockets overcome Russell Westbrook's 7th straight triple-double

Best of NBA: Rockets overcome Russell Westbrook's 7th straight triple-double

OKLAHOMA CITY -- James Harden scored 21 points, and the Houston Rockets overcame Russell Westbrook's seventh consecutive triple-double to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 102-99 on Friday night.

Harden also had 12 assists and nine rebounds to help the Rockets win their fifth straight. Houston withstood Harden's 6-for-23 shooting effort.

Westbrook finished with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He has the longest triple-double streak since Michael Jordan had seven straight in 1989. The most in a row is nine by Philadelphia's Wilt Chamberlain in March 1968.

It was Westbrook's 12th triple-double this season and the 49th of his career. He is the NBA's active leader in the category and ranks sixth all-time.

The Thunder had won the previous six games during Westbrook's triple-double binge (see full story).

James moves into 9th on scoring list as Cavs top Heat
CLEVELAND -- LeBron James scored 27 points to move into ninth place on the NBA scoring list, and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Miami Heat 114-84 on Friday night.

James passed Elvin Hayes on a driving layup with 6:58 remaining and has 27,315 career points. The four-time MVP was removed about a minute later and received a loud ovation from the Cleveland crowd.

Kevin Love, a game-time decision because of back spasms, scored a team-high 28 points and had 15 rebounds for the Cavaliers. He missed the morning shootaround but was in the lineup after warming up on the court about an hour before tip-off.

Kyrie Irving added 23 points for the Cavs, who have won three straight after losing three in a row.

Derrick Williams scored 17 points to lead the short-handed Heat, who have lost four straight (see full story). 

Schroder has career-high 33, Hawks rally past Bucks
MILWAUKEE -- Dennis Schroder scored a career-high 33 points and the Atlanta Hawks rallied from 20 down in the second half to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 114-110 on Friday night.

Paul Millsap had 23 points and 14 rebounds for Atlanta. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 18.

The Hawks, who ended a seven-game losing streak Wednesday with a win over Miami, trailed by 20 at halftime. A 40-point third quarter put them back in the game.

Jabari Parker scored 27 for Milwaukee. Giannis Antetokounmpo, in foul trouble throughout the game, had 14.

Atlanta pulled ahead 105-103 on Kyle Korver's jumper with 3:15 remaining, giving the Hawks their first lead since early in the game (see full story).