After it felt like Max Muncy was robbed of an invitation to the All-Star festivities this year, Major League Baseball announced he will get a spot on the National League All-Star roster. He will serve as a replacement for Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon, who declined to make the trip to Cleveland.
Muncy is one of the prominent offense players on the Dodgers, batting .276 with a 140 OPS+ while playing all over the infield. His 21 home runs is second on the team, only behind All-Star slugger Cody Bellinger. Muncy’s 3.5 Baseball Reference WAR is fifth among NL position players.
After falling in the All-Star Game Final Vote last season, Muncy will finally make his All-Star Game debut in less than one week.
Muncy called it “a dream come true” when he found out this morning.— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) July 5, 2019
The 28-year-old will join teammates Cody Bellinger, Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Walker Buehler in Cleveland for the All-Star Game on July 9. Joc Pederson is also headed to Progressive Field, but will only participate in the Home Run Derby on Monday.
The Dodgers’ five All-Stars is the most of any NL team and trails the Houston Astros, who have six players headed to Cleveland.