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Bruce Bochy is not inclined to pick Yasiel Puig for the All-Star Game

Jun 19, 2013, 5:42 PM EDT

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Everyone’s going crazy for Yasiel Puig, but NL All-Star manager Bruce Bochy thinks the All-Stars he picks to fill out his roster need a few more miles on the odometer.

Bochy spoke with Jim Bowden and Casey Stern of MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM today about the possibility of Puig on the squad:

“Well, Jim, I’ve got to be honest here, that would be really hard for me to consider that. And I’ve already had that question. I guess there was somebody who wrote they would like to see him there and that he deserves to go because this game is for the fans and they want to see not just the best players, but the most interesting or intriguing players. I would have a hard time picking somebody who has been here three weeks, to be honest.

Puig isn’t on the ballot and with Clayton Kershaw being his usually awesome self, Puig won’t have to be there as a “we need a Dodger” pick. And that stuff aside, Bochy doesn’t strike me as a guy who is going to respond to some June breakout/mania like so many others.

Although it would be sweet if, just to troll the world, he decided to name Juan Perez to the All-Star team based on a week’s worth of stellar defensive play.

  1. sleepyirv - Jun 19, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Mariano Rivera struck out Puig today. Not that there’s anything shameful about that. It’s just that there’s something special about a 42-year old striking out someone 20 years younger than him.

    • rbj1 - Jun 19, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      That was just so sweet to watch. “Son, you’re having a fine few weeks, but this is what greatness looks like.” Probably the only AB he’ll have against Mo.

      • stoutfiles - Jun 19, 2013 at 7:21 PM

        “Son, you’re having a fine career, but this is what greatness looks like.” – Luis Gonzalez, 2001 WS Game 7

  2. Stiller43 - Jun 19, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Sorry, as long as this game has real famifications (home field advantage in the WS), its not about the fans.

    Giving a team home field advantage in the championship series based on other players (and maybe one or two of their own) from their league winning an all star game = worst rule in sports.

  3. rohlo - Jun 19, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    how long will it be before Puig is found on PED’s? dude should have been suspended for throwing punches in the melee with the dhacks! even though he didnt land any!! i will reserve myself for thoughts on him until after his sophmore season next year!

    • koufaxmitzvah - Jun 19, 2013 at 7:29 PM

      Ain’t nothing like that Dbag inferiority complex! You know, when I see Miguel “Chickenshit” Montero, I think, DRUGS! And why not?! I’m yelling, ain’t I! I must be making sense! Love how you consider a fastball to the face the equivalent of a fastball to the ass! That’s the Dbag legacy right there!

  4. brockw82 - Jun 19, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Pretty sure Mo has more great moments than Luis “Artificially Inflated” Gonzalez.

  5. yahmule - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Yeah, piss him off. The Yankees plunked him tonight. On the next pitch he steals second base. His next time up, on the first pitch he goes opposite field.

  6. girlsknowsportstoo - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Doesn’t belong…how many weeks has he been up? All star game really has become a mockery when we consider crap like this.

  7. scdocal - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Glad bochey an old school manager. Tired of seeing this young kids start off hot mid season and they get to go to the all star game. I have no doubt one day he will be worthy if he can stay healthy but there are plenty of deserving candidates who have been up all year. Kinda tired of hearing about it.

    • nbjays - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:43 PM

      Yeah, it’s not like Bryce Harper went to the All-Star Game last year after a few hot weeks… oh, wait…

  8. lew24 - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    If Puig played for the Giants, he would be signing a different tune!

  9. temporarilyexiled - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    I doubt it.

    And then he’d still have to deal with the California media – just farther north.

    That said, I bet he’d be open to a massive write-in campaign, no matter who it was.

    • Anoesis - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      Being “open to a massive write-in campaign” is not equal to having no choice.

  10. mudhead123 - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Hahaha someone actually is claiming Luis Gonzalez had a better career than MO… Wow!

    • yahmule - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      Somebody had a comment fly right over their head.

    • yahmule - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      Somebody had a comment fly right over their head.

      • yahmule - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:28 AM

        Well, goddammit…serves me right for being a wiseacre.

  11. vl4eccjr - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Bochy is & always has been a Dodger hater. If Puig makes it on a write in, he has no choice.

  12. Anoesis - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Despite that stupid rule that winning the ASG gets your league home-field in the WS, Bochy is showing his blind hatred of the Dodgers by not even considering putting Puig on his roster. If the Giants make it to the series I guess Bochy would rather go on the road rather than have another Dodger on “his” ASG roster. On the other hand, I’d rather see Kershaw stay home, too, rather than help the Giants in any way.

    • cohnjusack - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:38 AM

      Bochy is showing sound judgement by not putting a player in the All-Star game on the basis of 15 games.

  13. cohnjusack - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Puig has 60 plate appearances this season. No way on earth he should go to the all-star game based on that.

    Here’s a comp:
    Puig: 60 PAs, 5 HR, .400/.500/.789
    Player A: 53 PAs, 3 HR, .468/.490/.766

    Pretty decent comp eh? Well, player A is Craig Wilson’s first 53 MLB PAs.
    And it’s not even *that* Craig Wilson. This Craig Wilson played for just 3 years and ended his career with a .704 OPS.

    Puig probably has a very bright future, almost certainly brighter than the other Craig Wilson. But you have to keep sample size in mind. A lot of guys who are not all that great have put up 40-60 PA stretches with just as good of numbers. You shouldn’t go to the All-Star game for 15 good games.

    • cohnjusack - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:42 AM

      …through his first 78 plate appearances, Delmon Young was a .400 hitter.

      That is all..

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