Shohei Ohtani has welcomed a new baby

Shohei Ohtani has welcomed a new baby

The Dodgers will have a strong presence in this year’s Midsummer Classic, as usual.

Five more Dodgers were named to the NL All-Star team during a full roster announcement on Sunday afternoon: starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow, first baseman Freddie Freeman, catcher Will Smith, outfielder Teoscar Hernández, and shortstop Mookie Betts. Shohei Ohtani was chosen by fans as the National League’s starting designated hitter last week.

Glasnow, the group’s only first-time All-Star, said, “It’s awesome.” “It has always been my dream to attend the All-Star game.”

The Philadelphia Phillies had seven All-Star selections, more than any other club in the league, with the Dodgers having six. The Dodgers also had six choices to the All-Star game for the third season since 2017, a feat the team hadn’t accomplished since 1991.

With a rotation-best 3.03 ERA and a team-leading 9-2 record, rookie pitcher Gavin Stone was the lone major snub for the squad as he was not selected for the NL roster.

“Hopefully, there will be an opportunity for Gavin because everyone knows he’s had an All-Star first half,” manager Dave Roberts said. “You never know with some guys who can’t pitch over the weekend, or in that game.”

All of the Dodgers’ probable All-Star selections were chosen aside from that.

“You know you have a pretty good team when over 20% of your players are selected to an All-Star Game,” Freeman stated.

In recent weeks, Glasnow’s candidacy was the most doubtful due to his ERA rising from 2.88 to 3.47 following a string of five-run performances. Nevertheless, he was selected for his first career All-Star squad despite missing out on the accolade in his previous eight Major League Baseball seasons, primarily due to injuries. He finished with eight wins, a team-high 109 innings pitched, and an NL-leading 143 strikeouts.

“It’s just a big honor,” stated Glasnow, who leads the Dodgers in starts with eighteen and is just 11 innings short of his previous career high with 109. “All I’ve been trying to do is put up a strong performance for your team with each start I make. I’m just happy that this season I was able to pitch well and make every start.

Freeman, Smith, Hernández, and Betts were the clear choices for the National League as backups after all four of them placed second in a fan voting that concluded last week for starting positions.

 

Before fracturing his hand last month, Betts (.304 average, 10 home runs, 40 RBI) looked to be the NL starter at shortstop. Because of this injury, the now eight-time All-Star will be unable to play in the July 16 game in Arlington, Texas.

In addition, Smith (.271 average, 15 home runs, 55 RBI) and Hernández (.259 average, 19 home runs, 60 RBI) were selected as All-Stars for the second time in their careers. Freeman (.301 average, 13 home runs, 58 RBI) also received his eighth career selection.

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