It’s safe to say that the 2020 season did get off to the start that Max Muncy had hoped for. A broken finger from a fastball off of his knuckle was a bad enough start at the Dodgers Summer Camp when the season restarted.
In his first series of the year, Muncy went 4-for-11 and hit 2 homeruns. He would go on to have just 4 hits in 32 at-bats for the rest of the month of July, and August wasn’t much better. Muncy struggled during the regular season for the Dodgers, watching his strikeout rate climb and his hard contact rate plummet.
Luckily for him and the Dodgers, he was able to turn it on in the offseason and contribute in a big way. Muncy went a combined 12-for-44 between the NLCS and World Series, driving in 12 runs and earning 14 walks in the process.
So it’s worth noting that even in his worse year with the Dodgers, experts still rank Max Muncy very high up at first base. So high that MLB Network calls him the 5th best first baseman in baseball. He was the second-best last year. but couldn’t even get knocked out of the Top 5 in a down year.
There’s obviously a lot to love about Max Muncy, and a lot to look forward to for Dodgers fans. The 70 homeruns he hit between 2018 and 2019 is certainly enough reason to think that 2020 was just a tough year for Max.
The rest of the top 5 was rounded out by some of the biggest names in baseball. Freddie Freeman took the top spot, while Paul Goldschmidt, Luke Voit, and Jose Abreu all came in ahead of the Dodgers first baseman.
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