Dodgers’ breakout slugger Max Muncy has accepted invitation to Home Run Derby

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first_img Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Related Articles “When I got called up, I was probably standing in this same spot, talking about getting called up. It’s kind of cool actually that I’m standing in the same spot (in the visitors’ clubhouse at Petco Park), talking about the All-Star Game.”A year ago, Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner made his first All-Star team when a considerable outpouring of fan support allowed him to win the Final Vote. Turner has given Muncy a little advice about the process.“He said to embrace it,” Muncy said. “He said it’s going to be a bit of a whirlwind so just embrace it, embrace the opportunity. Enjoy it as much as you can because it’s something that doesn’t happen very often.” Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ SAN DIEGO — Max Muncy is obviously new at this.The Dodgers infielder revealed on a radio show Monday afternoon that he had accepted an invitation to participate in the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game next week. An hour later, Muncy had been told he broke protocol and declined to answer questions about the Derby when talking to reporters.A little later, MLB confirmed that Muncy will be one of the participants in Washington next week, bringing things full circle.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“It’s one of those things that will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Muncy said.center_img With 20 home runs in his unexpected breakout season, Muncy leads the Dodgers and is tied for fourth in the National League.The Derby invite guarantees that Muncy, who asked Dodgers hitting coach Turner Ward to pitch to him in the contest, will be in Washington for at least one event next week. Whether Muncy needs to stick around for the All-Star Game itself on Tuesday is still in question. Muncy is one of five NL candidates in the Final Vote, along with Giants first baseman Brandon Belt, Nationals shortstop Trea Turner, Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar and Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter. The online voting contest runs through Wednesday at 1 p.m. PT.“It would be something very special,” Muncy said. “It’s one of the biggest honors you can get in baseball, as far as the regular season goes. It would just solidify how this season has gone for me. It would be something very special.”Muncy’s breakout season didn’t even begin until he was called up from Triple-A in mid-April – also during a series in San Diego. It took some time before he even started thinking about the All-Star Game.“When you guys started asking about it,” Muncy said, pinpointing when it showed up on his radar. “It’s something I never even really thought about. I was just going about my day. When you guys started bringing it up, that’s when it kind of got in my head. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching last_img

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