Giants manager Bruce Bochy is the NL All-Star manager and was given the difficult choice of giving a spot on the roster to Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig.
Bochy went on record as someone who thought it was too early to talk about Puig making the All-Star team and went as far as to say he voted for Freddie Freeman over Puig.
Appearing on ESPN Radio 710 with Max and Marcellus, Mattingly reacted to Bochy’s comments on a San Francisco radio show:
“I don’t know, I think he has to be careful and political. He has one of his guys in the vote. Right, I don’t want to get involved with what’s going on with Boch and he’s proven to be a good manager”.
Puig ended up losing the Final Vote to Freeman yesterday afternoon, but he’ll have plenty of chances in his career to be voted an All-Star by the fans.
When he was called up on June 3, Puig dazzled everyone with his incredible start to the season where he broke the Dodgers rookie record for hits in a month with 44. On top of that, Puig won NL Player and Rookie of the month for June, but has recently been painted as a villain in the media.
There are reports about an encounter he had in Arizona with former Diamondbacks outfielder Luis Gonzalez where several media members claim Puig snubbed him.
Regardless, Puig is starting to get the backlash after his rise to the major league level, but it’s incredible to hear Bochy openly root against his inclusion in the All-Star Game.