He hasn’t been in the league long, but Los Angeles Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig could still make it on to the National League roster for the All-Star Game on July 16.
When the rosters were announced, Puig’s name was not included among the starters or reserves meaning that the fans, players, and NL manager Bruce Bochy did not deem him worthy of receiving an All-Star nod after being called up barely a month ago.
While his time in the league has been short he has certainly made the most of it. Only one other player in MLB history had more hits than him in his first month (44). Joe DiMaggio had 48. So far, with 30 games under his belt, he is hitting .420 with eight home runs, 19 RBIs, 24 runs, and four stolen bases.
He has been much more than just an offensive machine. His hustle and drive has allowed him to make several players in the outfield, frustrating opponents and delighting fans at the same time.
In spite of his incredible start there have been several players and analysts that have spoken out against Puig being named an All-Star pretty much because he has been in the league for such a short time.
Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathon Papelbon made his thoughts clear when he was on MLB Network Radio: ““To me, it’s an absolute joke. It’s really kind of stupid if you ask me. The guy’s got a month, I don’t even think he’s got a month in the big leagues, and just comparing him to this and that, and saying he’s going to make the All-Star team, that’s a joke to me.”
Puig is taking the attention, both the good and the bad, in stride and doesn’t appear too concerned if he makes the roster or not.
“Any athlete would like to be in the All-Star Game, but if I’m not selected, I would still be happy because my thing is for my team to win,” he said. “That’s what makes me happy.”
There is still a pretty good chance that he does make the roster. Should someone not be able to play due to injury his name is likely to come up. He could also make it if the fans choose him over the other four finalists in the Final Vote (Washington’s Ian Desmond, Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman, San Francisco’s Hunter Pence and Dodgers teammate Adrian Gonzalez).