The Dodgers have one of the best teams in baseball right now. Although they have a lot of talent on their roster, there will be zero Dodger players to start in the 2021 MLB All-Star game based on fan votes. The Dodgers do lead the National League in ERA (3.17), have a 27.7 percent strikeout rate, and an 8.2 percent walk rate. Unfortunately, no Dodger pitcher made the All-Star team.
The MLB released the winners of the second phase of fan voting that included Max Muncy, Gavin Lux, Justin Turner, Chris Taylor, and Mookie Betts on that ballot. Out of those players, only Muncy, Taylor and Betts made the All-Star team as position players for this year's Mid-Summer Classic.
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Max Muncy has made the All-Star team for the second time in his career, and rightfully so as he is currently the best first baseman in the National League this season. He leads the National League in home runs at 18, On-base percentage, slugging percentage, and so much more. Due to the fan voting system, Muncy lost to Freddie Freeman who took 48 percent of the votes, while Muncy only had 34 percent.
Here's where Max Muncy ranks among NL 1B:— Blake Harris (@BlakeHarrisTBLA) July 2, 2021
18 HR (1st)
.417 OBP (1st)
.566 SLG (1st)
.983 OPS (1st)
.416 wOBA (1st)
170 wRC+ (1st)
22.4 wRAA (1st)
3.2 fWAR (1st)
He won the first round of All-Star voting, but because of the new voting rules he isn't the starter pic.twitter.com/QpmhlxwCbo
Muncy did state in an interview last week that fans across the league did not feel like Muncy deserved a spot on the All-Star team and thanked the Dodger fans who did the most they could with voting. Justin Turner was also in a close race with the fan-voting as Turner finished six percent behind Nolan Arenado for third base.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is also disappointed with the outcome of the fan voting system as he says in a post-game interview that the best team in baseball does not have a starter representing the National League. In addition, Roberts states that players on the Dodger roster are disappointed but there is not much one can do. Since the Dodgers won the World Series, manager Dave Roberts and the rest of the Dodger coaching staff will be part of this year's All-Star team.
Both Mookie Betts and Chris Taylor finished fourth and fifth in the outfield, behind the three starters for the National League. Betts will be making his fifth career All-Star appearance, his first in the National League since all his previous four call-ups were in the American League with the Boston Red Sox.
As for Chris Taylor, he will be making his first-ever All-Star Game appearance. Taylor has a .268 batting average and is third in the National League with 59 runs scored. This season, Taylor has played in six different positions that include 32 starts in center field and 26 starts at second base. Players like Justin Turner, Will Smith, and even Kenley Jansen were snubbed out of the All-Star Game this year.