McCann, after playing in the last six All-Star Games, has established himself as the NL's premier catcher. 2011 was another excellent season for McCann, who hit .270/.351/.466 with 24 HR's and 71 RBI's.
Kimbrel, recently named the Sporting News NL Rookie of the Year, was another home-grown product of the Braves farm system. He had a 2.30 ERA in 77 innings, with 132 strikeouts to only 32 walks, and tied for the NL lead with 46 saves.
The Milwaukee Brewers, with 1B Prince Fielder and OF Ryan Braun, were the only other NL team with multiple members on the Sporting News All-Star team. The Philadelphia Phillies, who won the NL East, and the St. Louis Cardinals, who overtook Atlanta in the wild-card standings on the last day of the season, didn't have anyone on the team.