Much has been made about Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig’s bid to get a vote into the All-Star game in late July as he continues to make a strong case for his inclusion in the game.
After another monster performance last night in Colorado, Puig showed all his tools in the Dodgers 8-0 victory. He hit a 450 foot home run to dead center, made a great catch in foul territory and flashed his speed when he rode into second base with a stand-up double.
This morning, manager Don Mattingly was on ESPN Radio with Colin Cowherd and discussed if he deserves to be in the game:
“I’m not sure. Everyday he does something unbelieveable and he’s making more and more of a case for him to be considered. It’s still something that he has to earn, but he’s showing if he was up the whole season, he’d be there.”
Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon made a strong statement yesterday as he doesn’t believe that Puig deserves to make the team over players that have spent the entire season at the big league level.
While he won’t be voted in and there’s a chance that Giants manager Bruce Bochy won’t take him as a reserve, but he should be on the “Final Vote” ballot after everyone is announced.
There’s no doubt that Puig deserves to be in the game and major league baseball would be foolish if they didn’t allow him to be included in the festivities.