Freddie Freeman of the Dodgers named to the NL roster for the MLB All-Star Game

Freddie Freeman is All Stars after all.

After being initially dropped from the National League roster, Freeman was added as an All-Star replacement on Sunday night, giving Dodgers this is their sixth All-Star selection this year as they host the Midsummer Classic for the first time since 1980. Starling Martewhich will be disabled in the game.

When the original teams were announced last week, Freeman had a strong case for an All-Star Game and has only grown his track record since then.

Entering the break after a 16-of-24 gap, Freeman raised his season average to .321 (fourth in the majors), his on-base percentage plus .927 (seventh), and his RBI total to 59 (13th).

He leads MLB with 114 hits after playing all 90 games in the first half for the Dodgers.

And he stood out as the top hitter on baseball’s second-best team, starting his Dodger career on a hit after signing a six-year, $162 million contract in March.

Sunday’s announcement gives Freeman his sixth career All-Star Game pick and marks the fourth straight All-Star Game he will compete in.

“That’s the Freddie you’re trying to prepare against from the other side.” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said this week when Freeman caught fire at the plate. “There’s nowhere to go, no lanes to get him out.”

Freeman downplayed his initial exclusion from the All-Star team this week, noting that part of him was looking forward to taking a break from his busy schedule to start the season.

He planned to spend time with his family this week, which he joked on Saturday night would no doubt include “lots of baseball” with his young sons learning the game.

“Sometimes you don’t want the All-Star break to come,” he said. “But I think we could all use the rest.”

Instead, he will join teammates Mookie Betts and Trea Turner (who are both starters for Tuesday’s game), as well as pitchers Clayton Kershaw, Tony Gonsolin and Tyler Anderson, on the National League roster.

The Dodgers are tied with the Braves and New York Yankees for the most All-Star selections, six each.