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“Baseball’s Mount Rushmore”: Dave Roberts praises Freddie Freeman, Tyler Glasnow and others for their All-Star selection

The Los Angeles Dodgers paint the All-Star Game blue once again, sending a sextet of superstars to Arlington. Manager Dave Roberts, ever the maestro, staged a heartwarming unveiling, capturing the pure emotion and unbridled joy of those chosen. But it wasn’t just the usual suspects who received accolades; the captain’s symphony of praise also highlighted the unsung heroes and hidden gems, those whose contributions may not always make headlines but are vital to the Dodgers’ success.

The first thing Roberts’ composition features is flamethrower virtuoso Tyler Glasnow, who “leads the league in hair”, Doc joked, playfully referring to the tall right-hander’s flowing locks. But it’s not just his mane that’s notable. Glasnow, a Southern California native, is returning to his roots and leading the league with 143 strikeouts, is no fluke, and his 11.81 K/9 rate, a new franchise record, is a testament to his relentless pursuit of perfection. A triumphant homecoming for the 30-year-old star, don’t you think?

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The rhythm section of this all-star ensemble, Will Smith may not always be in the spotlight, but Dave Roberts knows his worth. Smith’s consistent hit and steady presence behind the plate have been crucial to the Blue Crew’s success. The captain praised Smith’s metronomic consistency behind the plate and with the bat, noting that Smith “the best in his position in the game” and in several offensive categories on the team. 15 home runs, 55 RBIs and an OPS of .845 as a catcher? That’s music to any manager’s ears.

But can a symphony really rise without its star soloist? Enter Mookie Betts, the eight-time All-Star who now brings his virtuosity to the shortstop position. A .304 average and an OPS of .892 in 72 games, even with a broken handspeak volumes. As Doc put it: “the best midsummer classic.” A virtuoso indeed, but what other instruments contribute to this harmonious Dodger sound?

Dave Roberts’ army of unsung heroes are praised in a symphony of skills beyond the headlines

It was Freddie Freeman, the perennial All-Star, who received perhaps the most effusive praise from their captain. The manager, visibly enraptured by him, put Freeman on his “Mount Rushmore of baseball players”, He praised the first baseman’s tireless efforts and consistent performance and beamed at how “He makes me (Roberts) healthy.” A .301 average, 13 home runs and 58 RBIs are impressive numbers, but it’s Freeman’s quiet professionalism and unwavering dedication to his craft that really sets him apart. He’s the epitome of a leader, both on and off the field — and that’s a masterpiece in the works.

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But even the most experienced teams need fresh talent, and Teoscar Hernández is just that. The hard-hitting outfielder is a relative newcomer to the Blue family, but is already making a big impression. Dave Roberts praised Hernández’s hitting power and highlighted his league-leading numbers in home runs and RBIs among NL outfielders –“What a consistent guy and consistent teammate!” But it’s not just his hitting that’s impressive. Hernández’s defensive strength in right field was a revelation and made him a true five-tool player. An OPS of .802 in his first season with the Dodgers? This rookie is already hitting all the right notes!

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And who was the crescendo of Doc’s symphony? None other than the two-faced maestro Shohei Ohtani. Doc, reflecting the feelings of his fans worldwide, declared Shotime a “World favorite, baseball favorite.” But beyond the hype and headlines, it’s Ohtani’s work ethic and humility that really set him apart. He’s a tireless worker who constantly strives to improve both on the mound and at the plate. He’s a true unicorn in the sport, and it will be exciting to see what encore he brings to the All-Star stage – despite his superstar status, he remains grounded and approachable, a true role model for young players everywhere.

A harmonious blend of experience and emerging talent, this ensemble of Boys in Blue is a testament to Dave Roberts’ leadership and the organization’s unwavering commitment to excellence. It’s a team that celebrates individual success while recognizing the importance of collective effort. As they bring their talents to Texas, one thing is certain: this symphony is far from over. Will the unsung heroes continue to shine on the All-Star stage and finally receive the global recognition they all truly deserve? The answer, as always, lies at the heart of the game.