The Dodgers will have one more representative in Cleveland for the All-Star Game as infielder Max Muncy has been chosen to replace Nationals’ third baseman Anthony Rendon on the National League squad.
It’s the first time in his career he has been selected to the All-Star team, although he got a taste of it last year as he competed in the Home Run Derby.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 5, 2019
Muncy is the fifth Dodger named to the team, joining outfielder Cody Bellinger, and pitchers Walker Buehler, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Clayton Kershaw.
Muncy said being selected to this All-Star Game would have extra meaning because his dad is from Cleveland and he still has family living there, according to Jorge Castillo of the LA Times.
Muncy called it “a dream come true” when he found out this morning.
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) July 5, 2019
The 28-year-old Muncy had a breakout year in 2018, posting a .263/.391/.582 line with 35 home runs, a 161 wRC+, and 5.2 WAR in 137 games.
This season, he has been proving 2018 wasn’t a fluke as he has hit .276/.379/.543 with 21 homers, a 141 wRC+, and 3.2 WAR in 86 games.
His ability to move around the field has also added to his value. After starting the season as a first baseman, he has now become arguably the best second baseman in the national league… or even all of baseball.
Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts, who will be managing the game for the National League, has been campaigning for Muncy to be named an All-Star.