One of these days, we should call Los Angeles Dodgers’ slugger Max Muncy ‘The Swiss Army Knife’. Already named one of the top players in the game as a second baseman by ESPN.com, Muncy has a new publication praising his virtues.
First let’s pause and realize that two years ago right now, we couldn’t even dream up a player like Muncy in existence.
Now, MLB Network ranks Muncy as the second best first baseman in the game; according to their ever-popular ‘Shredder’ and other rankings. You can see the full list of ranked first baseman below.
"@maxmuncy9 has played several different positions, but his bat plays at first with the big boys as well."
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) January 19, 2020
Here is how MLB Network breaks down the top ten:
- Freddie Freeman, Atlanta
- Max Muncy, Los Angeles
- Pete Alonso, New York (NL)
- Anthony Rizzo, Chicago
- Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis
- Matt Olson, Oakland
- Luke Voit, New York (AL)
- Carlos Santana, Philadelphia
- Josh Bell, Pittsburgh
- Edwin Encarnacion, Chicago (AL)
Indeed, Muncy said recently that proving his 2018 was no fluke was a big deal to him. Currently being ranked amongst the game’s elite at another position proves he’s become a household name.
Honestly – in Dodgers circles – we already knew that. When you think about the offense, the versatility, the 2018 World Series walk-off, the All-Star appearance, the Splash Shot off Bumgarner; all of these things have become Muncy’s calling card.
Perhaps it’s time to realize that Muncy is not just a star within his own clubhouse, but in the entire game of baseball. Undeniably, I think that is the take-home message of this post.
Of course, the great news is Muncy is in his prime years. Therefore, over the next few seasons; the sky is really the limit as to what he can do in the middle of the Dodgers’ order. The fact that he can fill in at a few different positions is just the cherry on the blue sundae.