Deservedly so, this afternoon Dodgers infielder Max Muncy was named to the 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, which will take place on Tuesday, July 9 at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Muncy is replacing Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon of the Washington Nationals and will join teammates Cody Bellinger, Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu at the 90th annual All-Star festivities.
The 29-year-old Rendon has been resistant to the All Star game all season, saying he’d rather rest and spend time with his family than play and travel during the four-day break in the middle of a grueling 162-game season.
Muncy, 28, will make his first trip to the All-Star Game after competing in the 2018 Home Run derby contest. He is slashing .276/.379/.921 with 21 homers and 59 RBI this season.
Since May 1, Muncy is hitting .290 (58-for-200) with 16 homers and 42 RBI. The former Baylor Bear is among the National League leaders in homers (10th), RBI (13th), OBP (14th, .379) and OPS (14th, .921). On the road, he boasts the seventh-best OPS in all of baseball (.995) and has amassed 14 homers and 36 RBI away from Dodger Stadium.
Last year, Muncy came out of absolutely nowhere, hitting .263/.391/.582 with 17 doubles, 35 long balls and 79 RBI over 395 AB in 137 games. He spent his entire 2017 campaign on the Dodgers’ farm at Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Los Angeles will have the five representatives at the game, the most in the NL and second in the majors to the Houston Astros, who will have six players at the game.
(Juan Dorado furnished some information provided in this report)