Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman makes NL roster for MLB All-Star Game

After all, Freddie Freeman is an all-star.

After initially being dropped from the National League roster, Freeman was added as an All-Star backup Sunday night, giving the Dodgers their sixth All-Star selection this year as they host the Midsummer Classic for the first time since 1980 . Freeman was selected by Major League Baseball to replace New York Mets outfielder Starling Marte, who will be inactive for the game.

Freeman had a strong All-Star case when the original teams were announced last week and has only expanded on his credentials since.

After going into the break with a 16-for-24 tear at the plate, Freeman increased his season batting average to .321 (fourth best in the majors), his on-base plus slugging percentage to .927 (seventh) and his RBI overall at 59 (best 13th).

He leads the MLB with 114 hits after playing all 90 games for the Dodgers in the first half.

And he emerged as the top hitter on baseball’s second-best team and started his tenure with the Dodgers with a bang after signing a six-year, $162 million contract in March.

Sunday’s announcement gives Freeman his sixth career All-Star selection and marks the fourth straight All-Star game he will attend.

“This is the Freddie you want to prepare for from the other side,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said this week as Freeman caught the plate on fire. “There’s no way, no ways, to get him out.”

Freeman downplayed his initial elimination from the All-Star team this week, noting that part of him was looking forward to a start-of-season break after his busy schedule.

He had planned to spend time with his family this week, which he joked Saturday night would no doubt include “a lot of baseball” with his young sons learning the game.

“Sometimes you don’t want the all-star breakthrough to come,” he said. “But I think we could all use the rest.”

Instead, he will join teammates Mookie Betts and Trea Turner (who are both starters for Tuesday’s game) and pitchers Clayton Kershaw, Tony Gonsolin and Tyler Anderson in the National League roster.

The Dodgers are tied with the Braves and the New York Yankees for most All-Star selections, with six each. Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman makes NL roster for MLB All-Star Game

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