There are four Dodgers being sent to the 90th midsummer classic being played at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Cody Bellinger is the lone position player (he’ll be starting) and there are three pitchers (Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Hyun-jin Ryu) Representing the Dodgers at the all-star game. However you can make an argument that there should be more, or at least one additional Dodger at the all-star game.
It’s quite common around this time of season for there to be a few snubs. There are only so many all-star roster spots on each league’s squad, so not everyone can be selected. There is one man that should absolutely be all-star worthy. That player is Max Muncy.
The beloved Dodger slugger is not only one of the most productive hitters on the Dodgers, he’s one of the most productive hitters in the National League. He’s having another terrific season. So far in 2019 Muncy is slashing .279/.380/.544 with 20 home runs, 58 runs driven in and an OPS of .924. He’s drawn 48 walks while striking out 76 times, which is good for a 140 OPS+, in addition to notching 79 hits across 334 plate appearances.
Last season Muncy blasted 35 home runs and posted a .391 OBP while drawing 79 walks. He’s batting .319 against left handed pitching and has driven in 35 runs with runners in scoring position. He’s hitting .290 and posted an .850 OPS at Dodger Stadium during his career.
Those numbers rank him amongst the top 20 or 25 players in the National league. His .380 OBP ranks him 21st in all of MLB. He also ranks in the top 20 in home runs, runs batted in, walks, and slugging percentage. His .924 OPS is the seventeenth best in the majors.
He’s doing all of this while playing multiple positions and moving up and down the batting order. In addition to all of that, he pissed off Madison Bumgarner. That of course makes him even more loveable. Despite all of his reliability, he rarely ever gets much credit. I am here to say, and many on this site that it’s time to recognize Max Muncy. It’s time to send him to the all-star game. I know that there would have to be an injury to one of the current selections, or possibly a pitcher that is unable to pitch to get him on the roster. I hope that somehow Dave Roberts is able to figure out a way to get the dependable Muncy to the all-star game where he obviously deserves to be.