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Dodgers: Justin Turner and Walker Buehler Added to the NL All-Star Team

About time!



The Dodgers already had 3 guys headed to the All-Star Game in Denver before Saturday. Mookie Betts, Chris Taylor, and Max Muncy all made their way in via reserve voting. And while Muncy should have been the starting first baseman, he still gets the DH nod from Dave Roberts. 

On Saturday, 2 more Dodgers were added to the National League team. Walker Buehler and Justin Turner will both go to Coors Field this week to represent Los Angeles in the Midsummer Classic. They will join up with CT3 and Max Muncy because Betts has decided not to play. 

For Walker Buehler, it really feels like he should’ve been selected to the team in the first place. Across 17 starts, the Dodgers hurler has compiled a 2.49 ERA and a low 0.923 WHIP while going 8-1. This will be Buehler’s second All-Star Game after being selected in 2019.

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Justin Turner is slashing .302/.391/.490 and quietly having one of his best seasons with the bat. He has driven in 45 runs for the Dodgers and has already compiled a 2.6 bWAR across 82 games played. This will also be JT’s second All-Star Game appearance, though it feels like he should’ve been selected much more. 

The MLB All-Star Game often has last-minute spots open up due to injuries or guys deciding not to play. Starting pitchers often have to not play as well given their scheduled start dates. The Giants’ Kevin Gausman and Brewers Brandon Woodruff both fall under that category this year. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. What about Julio Urias? He’s 11-3 and nobody else has won that many games in the NL. What a joke this is!!!!

  2. I think Mookie Betts has the right idea by taking a break in the action. Being named to the All Stars is enough for some. It really is not a do or die game and the only thing I really enjoy is you got it the Home Run derby. I like this as it pays very well. The last time I saw it the winner got paid a million dollars. There you have it

  3. Unless you’re getting a bonus & donating it, decline the invite. Why risk an injury when you’re an afterthought and not getting paid. Even the Pro Bowl guys opt out and they get a bonus. BTW, the MLB All-Star game is a bore w/ nothing to play for like the Pro Bowl. It’s obvious the Dodgers are not well-liked outside of LA County.

  4. JT deserves to go. Muncy, Taylor, and JT have been the heart and soul of the Dodgers. Even though stats really don’t show it, Pujols has been a welcome addition.

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