Max Muncy

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Maxwell Steven Muncy

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Playing for the Oakland Athletics on June 16, 2016, Max Muncy broke up a no-hit bid by Colby Lewis of the Texas Rangers with one out in the 9th inning. He hit a ball to deep right field which Nomar Mazara briefly had in his glove but dropped as he hit the fence. It was ruled a double, and he then came in to score on another double by Coco Crisp, but the A's lost the game, 5-1. He had first come up with the A's at the end of April in 2015 and hit .206 in 45 games. In 2016, he hit .186 in 51 games. There was little indication at that point that he was anything more than a AAAA Player able to fill in at multiple positions in case of injury.

He was released by the A's at the end of spring training in 2017 and did not play at all in the majors that season after signing on with the Los Angeles Dodgers at the end of April. He spent the year in AAA with the Oklahoma City Dodgers where he hit .309 with 12 homers and 44 RBIs in 109 games. He was not really in the major league Dodgers' plans heading into 2018 either, but injuries prompted his call-up in mid-April, and he began to hit so well that the Dodgers had no choice but to keep him on the roster and give him regular playing time, filling in at third base in the absence of Justin Turner and later at first base and occasionally at second. On July 3rd, he homered twice in an 8-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates to reach the 20-home run mark for the first time; indeed he had hit only 5 homers in all during his two partial seasons with the Athletics. While he was not one of the players designated for the All-Star team when initial rosters were announced on July 8th, he was one of five finalists for the Final Man Vote in the National League. Also, not wanting to pas up what could potentially be his 15 minutes of fame, he accepted a spot in the Home Run Derby.

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