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Dodgers: Joc Pederson Will be Starting for the Home Team at Chavez Ravine

After the Fan elections for the 92nd All-Star Game were released last night, former Dodgers outfielder  for seven seasons, Joc Pederson, was selected as an outfielder for the second time in his career.

But this time, he will be representing his current team, the San Francisco Giants, as part of the National League team.

The last time Pederson received an All-Star nod, he was sporting a white Dodgers uniform in his rookie season back in 2015. After signing straight out of high school, he played in 151 games scoring 67 runs off 101 hits. He finished his season batting .210 with an .763 OPS.

After winning a 2020 World Series with the Dodgers, he went on to win another title with the Atlanta Braves the following year where he spent two years. He then signed a one year contract with the San Francisco Giants.

Despite being 12.5 games behind in the National West Standings, Pederson has been putting up deadly numbers batting .264 with an .882 OPS, 17 home runs and 41 RBIs over 72 games which was enough to earn him an election for this year’s All Star Game.

With 17 homers so far this season, he is ranked 9th in the National League behind Mookie Betts who sits at 5th with 20 home runs.

The Palo Alto native also became the first Giants outfielder to win a fan election since Melky Cabrera in 2012.

Pederson reflected on the opportunity hoping his welcome back to Dodger Stadium will be just as friendly as the first time he played in the All-Star game (quote via Maria Guardado for MLB).

“To be on the field with so many superstars and watching them go about their business will be really fun. Hopefully, I’ll learn a lot. Last time I was an All-Star, everything was moving so fast. 2015, rookie year. It’ll be cool to really soak in all of the moments that I missed. Especially being in L.A., super familiar with obviously everything there. I’m really looking forward to the whole experience.”

Pederson will be joining his former teammates, the Dodger’s very own Mookie Betts and the Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. in the outfield for the 92nd All-Star Game which will take place at Chavez Ravine Stadium here in Los Angeles.

Although the outfielder won’t be wearing his beloved Dodgers uniform, Pederson is sure to receive some praise and applause from his former home at Dodger Stadium.

The complete All-Star rosters will be announced during the 2022 Chevrolet MLB All-Star Selection Show on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. PT on ESPN.

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