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Dodgers News: Max Muncy Named to the All-Star Team

Muncy will replace Anthony Rendon on the National League All-Star Team

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his eighteenth inning walk-off home run to defeat the the Boston Red Sox 3-2 in Game Three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

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.

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.

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.

Written by Blake Williams

I graduated with an Associate's Degree in Journalism from Los Angeles Pierce College and now I'm working towards my Bachelor's at Cal State University, Northridge. I'm currently the managing editor for the Roundup News and a writer for Dodgers Nation. Around the age of 12, I fell in love with baseball and in high school, I realized my best path to working in baseball was as a writer, so that's the path I followed. I also like to bring an analytics viewpoint to my work and I'm always willing to help someone understand them since so many people have done the same for me. Thanks for reading!

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