Dodgers News: All-Star selections, Shohei Ohtani matches Jackie Robinson, Will Smith

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Shohei Ohtani was always going to be an All-Star; the real question was which Dodgers would join him in Arlington this year. Mookie Betts and Teoscar Hernández both made it through to second round of voting for starters, only to be pushed out by Trea Turner at shortstop and Fernando Tatis Jr., Dodgers enemy Jurickson Profar, and Christian Yelich in the outfield.

However, both Betts and Hernández, along with Freddie Freeman and Will Smith, will all be getting their flowers at the All-Star Game as reserves. Freeman placed second behind Bryce Harper, who was automatically given the starter role because he garnered the most fan votes, and Smith was a player-elected choice at catcher behind William Contreras.

Tyler Glasnow also got his first nod in a nine-season career as another player-elected pick, which was a bit of a no-brainer given how he's been holding the Dodgers rotation down amidst a flurry of injuries to other starters and is right on the verge of setting a new career-high in innings pitched.

Dodgers News: Six Dodgers headed to the All-Star Game, Shohei Ohtani matches a Jackie Robinson feat, Will Smith making a case to represent LA in the Home Run Derby

In more Ohtani news, he continues to match, set, and break historic Dodgers records just halfway through his first season in LA. On Saturday, in the second of three games against the Brewers, he became the second Dodger to have a triple, walk, hit by pitch, and stolen base in a single game. The first? Jackie Robinson, who did it on July 16, 1953.

Not only that, but Ohtani hit a solo homer in the eighth to put the Dodgers up 5-3. Milwaukee couldn't make anything happen when it was their turn again in the ninth. It marked another series win for LA, even if the Dodgers stumbled in Game 3 to drop the last game of the series.

Another newly-minted All-Star in Smith also had himself a weekend. In Game 1 against the Brewers, he went 3-for-3 with two walks, and all three of those hits were homers. In Game 2, he homered again in his first plate appearance to stretch his streak to four homers in four straight at-bats. This came after Smith's sporadic absence over the last few weeks of June, owing to a .203 average and .642 OPS. The Dodgers wanted to give him some time to rest and get his head back into the right place, and it appears to have worked nicely.

Ohtani won't be participating in the Home Run Derby this year, given his ongoing rehab on his elbow, but Smith made a very good case for himself as the Dodgers' Derby representative. Despite the June slump, his four homers this weekend catapulted him into leading NL catchers in home runs and all catchers in slugging.

Safe to say the Dodgers will be well-represented in Arlington, and a few of them might even be eyeing a couple extra laurels (Home Run Derby Champion, perhaps All-Star MVP?) to top off All-Star weekend.

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