Freddie Freeman is finally an All-Star.
After initially being dropped from the National League roster, Freeman was added as a Sunday Night All-Star replacement, giving the Dodgers their sixth All-Star selection this year as they host the Midsummer Classic for the first time since 1980. Was doing. Freeman was selected by Major League Baseball to replace New York Mets outfielder Starling Marte, who would remain inactive for the game.
Freeman had a strong All-Star affair when the original teams were announced last week, and has only added to his credentials since then.
After entering the break at 16 for 24 at the plate, Freeman raised his season batting average to .321 (fourth best among the majors), his base-plus-slugging percentage to .927 (seventh) and his RBI total. 59 (13th best).
After playing all 90 games during the first half for the Dodgers, he is MLB’s hit leader with 114.
And he has distinguished himself as the best hitter on baseball’s second-best team, beginning his Dodgers tenure after signing a six-year, $162 million contract in March.
Sunday’s announcement gives Freeman the sixth All-Star selection of his career, and marks the fourth-straight All-Star game he will participate in.
“It’s Freddie, from the other side, you’re trying to prepare against,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said this week as Freeman caught fire at the plate. “Nowhere to go, no streets to take him out.”
Freeman underestimated his initial exclusion from the All-Star team this week, noting that his part was waiting for a break after his busy schedule to start the season.
He was planning to spend time with his family this week, which he joked on Saturday night would undoubtedly include “a lot of baseball” with his young sons who are learning the sport.
“Sometimes you don’t want the All-Star break to come,” he said. “But I guess we could all use the rest.”
Instead, he will be joined by teammates Mookie Bates and Tree Turner (who are both starters for Tuesday’s game), as well as pitchers Clayton Kershaw, Tony Gonsolin and Tyler Anderson on the National League roster.
The Dodgers tied for most All-Star selections with the Braves and the New York Yankees, with six each.
This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.