Chris Taylor has really formed himself into a Swiss army knife for the Dodgers. Since leaving the Seattle Mariners, he has become a World Series Champion and a first time All-Star. Taylor finished fifth in voting to start the All-Star Game in the outfield but was eventually named to the team after injuries knocked other players out of participating.
He of course joined fellow teammates Walker Buehler, Max Muncy, and Justin Turner in Denver, Colorado to take part in the All-Star festivities. After, Taylor talked about the humbling experience of representing Los Angeles
Chris Taylor: went from Mariners afterthought to Dodgers All-Star.
You did it, CT3. ???
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) July 14, 2021
“It was cool. I was just trying to soak it all in. It wasn’t really my forte on the purple carpet, but the game was really fun. I just tried to enjoy myself and not take it too seriously.”
Speaking of the game, Taylor entered as a defensive substitution in the top of the 6th inning and immediately made an impact in center field making a couple of great catches. On the offensive side go things, he went 0-2 with a groundout and strikeout out. However, Taylor still showed off why he deserved to be on that field among the best in baseball.
The 30-year old utility player finished off a strong first half with a .277 batting average to go along with 10 HR and 46 RBI. He has been one of LA’s best bats this year and hopefully he can continue to be in the second half. Even when players like Cody Bellinger, Mookie Betts, Corey Seager, etc. have not made the impact they usually can, Taylor has stepped up to help lead the Dodgers to the second best record in the league.