Max Muncy
Muncy with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2018
Los Angeles Dodgers – No. 13
Infielder
Born: (1990-08-25) August 25, 1990 (age 31)
Midland, Texas
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 25, 2015, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
(through September 15, 2021)
Batting average.241
Home runs121
Runs batted in307
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Maxwell Steven Muncy (born August 25, 1990) is an American professional baseball infielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played college baseball for the Baylor Bears. He was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the fifth round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft. He played in MLB for the Athletics in 2015 and 2016, and later joined the Dodgers in 2018.

Career

Amateur career

Muncy attended Keller High School in Keller, Texas.[1] The Cleveland Indians selected him in the 41st round of the 2009 Major League Baseball draft.[2]

He did not sign with Cleveland and attended Baylor University. He played college baseball for the Baylor Bears from 2010 to 2012, and also played collegiate summer baseball for the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League in 2010 and 2011.[3] In his three years at Baylor, Muncy had a .311 batting average with 27 home runs. He was twice chosen to the All-Big 12 Conference team.[4]

Oakland Athletics

Muncy with the Oakland Athletics in 2015
Muncy with the Oakland Athletics in 2015

The Oakland Athletics selected Muncy in the fifth round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft.[5] He made his professional debut with the Burlington Bees of the Class A Midwest League, hitting .275/.383/.432 with four home runs in 64 games. He started the 2013 season with the Stockton Ports of the Class A-Advanced California League before being promoted to the Midland RockHounds of the Class AA Texas League.[6] At the time of his promotion he was leading the California League with 21 home runs and 76 runs batted in (RBIs). In total, Muncy hit .273/.381/.476 with 25 home runs and 100 RBIs. After the season, he played for the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League.[7][8] He returned to Midland in 2014.

Muncy began the 2015 season with the Nashville Sounds of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL), but was promoted to the major leagues on April 25 after second baseman Ben Zobrist was placed on the 15-day disabled list.[9] On May 17, 2015, Muncy hit his first major league home run off of Chicago White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija.[10] He batted .206 in 45 games for Oakland in 2015. He split the 2016 season between Nashville and Oakland, batting .186 in 51 major league games in 2016.[11] The Athletics released Muncy towards the end of spring training in 2017.[1][12]

Los Angeles Dodgers

Muncy signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 27, 2017, and the organization assigned him to the Oklahoma City Dodgers of the PCL.[13] In 109 games, he hit .309 with 12 homers and 44 RBIs.[14]

Muncy was called up to the Dodgers on April 17, 2018.[15] He hit his 20th home run for the Dodgers in his 183rd at bat, setting a franchise record.[16] Muncy was chosen as a candidate for the All-Star Final Vote for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game,[17] but he finished in third place in the voting.[18] He also accepted an offer to participate in the Home Run Derby during the All-Star break.[19] After beating Javier Báez in the first round of the Derby, he lost to eventual champion Bryce Harper in the semi-finals.[20]

Muncy batted .263 and led the Dodgers in home runs and was fifth in the National League with 35. He was second in runs batted in for the Dodgers with 79, despite only playing in 137 games. Muncy also exhibited his versatility as he started games at first base (58), third base (30) and second base (13) and also played six games in the outfield.[21] In the playoffs, he hit only .182 in both the Division Series and the National League Championship Series, though he did hit two home runs in the Division Series against the Atlanta Braves.[21]

In the third game of 2018 World Series against the Boston Red Sox, Muncy scored the tying run in the 13th inning and then hit a walk-off home run in the 18th, ending the longest game in World Series history after seven hours and 20 minutes.[22] In the five games of the series, he hit .235 (four hits in 17 at-bats) with the one home run.[21]

In 2019, Muncy was selected to the 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game as an injury replacement, his first all-star appearance, replacing Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon.[23] On August 30, 2019, Muncy was placed on injured list with a wrist fracture.[24] He finished the 2019 regular season, playing in 142 games, hitting .251/.374/.515 with 35 home runs (for the second season in a row) and a career-high 98 RBIs. Muncy also received two MVP votes.[21]

On February 6, 2020, the Dodgers and Muncy agreed to a three-year, $26 million contract extension with a $13 million option for a fourth year.[25] The 2020 season was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in North America. Muncy played in 58 of the Dodgers' 60 games and hit .192/.331/.389 with 12 homers and 27 RBIs. In Game 3 of the 2020 NLCS, Muncy hit a grand slam off of Grant Dayton, capping off scoring 11 runs in the first inning. Eventually the Dodgers broke the record in that game hitting 5 home runs. they won 15–3 as they still won the NLCS in seven games with the Atlanta Braves before advancing to the World Series for the third time in four years.[21] In the 2020 World Series, he batted .318 with one home run and six RBIs and helped the Dodgers win the championship.[21]

On May 30, 2021, Muncy hit his 100th career home run off of Zack Littell of the San Francisco Giants.[26] In July, he was selected to represent the Dodgers at the All-Star Game.[27]

Personal life

Muncy and his wife, Kellie, married in November 2018.[28] He has a daughter, Sophie Kate Muncy, who was born at 7:37 pm on July 23, 2021.[29]


References

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  2. ^ "Max Muncy Class of 2009 – Player Profile". Perfect Game. Retrieved August 5, 2021.
  3. ^ "Major League Baseball Players From the Cape Cod League" (PDF). capecodbaseball.org. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  4. ^ Clair, Michael (July 5, 2018). "Max Muncy facts and history". MLB.com. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  5. ^ "Baseball Trio Selected in MLB Draft". BaylorBears.com. June 5, 2012. Archived from the original on February 13, 2017. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  6. ^ "TEXAS LEAGUE BASEBALL: Muncy makes a return to Midland with RockHounds". Odessa American. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  7. ^ Miller, Harrell (November 8, 2013). "Max Muncy looking to find stroke in Arizona Fall League". Napa Valley Register. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  8. ^ Melotte, Nick (October 5, 2013). "2013 Arizona Fall League Preview: Mesa Solar Sox". Minor League Ball. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  9. ^ Koo, Jeremy F. (April 25, 2015). "Oakland A's place Ben Zobrist on disabled list, activate Max Muncy". Athletics Nation. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  10. ^ "Jeff Samardzija pitches White Sox to 1st series sweep in Oakland in 18 years". ESPN.com. Associated Press. May 17, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  11. ^ Brown, Tim (October 18, 2016). "Dodgers slugger Max Muncy's resurgence". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  12. ^ "Oakland A's release Max Muncy and Josh Rodriguez". Oakland Clubhouse. Scout.com. April 3, 2017. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
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  14. ^ "2017 Oklahoma City Dodgers Statistics". Baseball Reference. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  15. ^ Stephen, Eric (April 17, 2018). "Max Muncy called up by Dodgers, Breyvic Valera optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City". SB Nation. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  16. ^ Davison, Drew (July 4, 2018). "MLB: Max Muncy becoming home run machine for Dodgers | Fort Worth Star-Telegram". Star-telegram.com. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  17. ^ Gurnick, Ken (May 24, 2018). "Max Muncy on All-Star Final Vote ballot". MLB.com. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  18. ^ Walton, Ryan (July 11, 2018). "Ross Stripling makes the NL All-Star team, Max Muncy finishes third in Final Vote". SB Nation. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  19. ^ Gardner, Steve (July 9, 2018). "Dodgers' Max Muncy to participate in All-Star Home Run Derby". USA Today. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  20. ^ Walton, Ryan (July 16, 2018). "Home Run Derby 2018: Max Muncy makes second round, loses to Bryce Harper". SB Nation. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
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  22. ^ Boswell, Thomas (October 27, 2018). "Go crazy, Dodgers fans! Max Muncy might have just swung this World Series". Washington Post. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  23. ^ Islas, Elisabeth (July 5, 2019). "Max Muncy named to National League All-Star team". SB Nation. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  24. ^ Rill, Jake (August 30, 2019). "Dodgers place Muncy on IL with wrist fracture". MLB.com. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  25. ^ Castillo, Jorge (February 6, 2020). "Max Muncy and Dodgers agree to three-year contract extension". LA Times. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  26. ^ Moreno, Matthew (May 31, 2021). "Dodgers News: Max Muncy Humbled To Reach 100 Career Home Runs". Dodger Blue. Retrieved August 5, 2021.
  27. ^ Toribio, Juan (July 4, 2021). "Betts, Taylor and Muncy to All-Star Game". MLB.com. Retrieved July 4, 2021.
  28. ^ Gonzalez, AJ (November 19, 2018). "Two Dodgers Players Married Over The Weekend". Dodgers Nation. Retrieved August 5, 2021.
  29. ^ Smith, Brook (July 24, 2021). "Dodgers: Max Muncy and Wife Kellie Welcome Their Firstborn". Dodgers Nation. Retrieved August 19, 2021.