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Freddie Freeman Mania! He leads Puig in All-Star final vote

Jul 8, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

I have this funny feeling that the MLB All-Star “Final Vote” thing — in which fans pick the last member of the All-Star roster — is ultimately gonna have Yasiel Puig join the NL squad. It’s what the league wants, what fans, on the whole, probably want and it’s what will prove to be more exciting overall.  But right now he’s not leading. Freddie Freeman is:

I didn’t realize that anyone outside of Atlanta gave a rip about Freddie Freeman — and I give him about as good a chance to win this vote as I woulda given a non-Communist Party candidate in a Soviet-era election — but this is rather fun to see.

Less fun: the fact that Jim Leyland decided that the Final Vote in the AL had to be a race of setup men:

 

I’m sure the suits at Fox and MLB are as happy as can be at the electric-charged excitement of this race.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    The AL vote is going as expected. Delabar is the top setup pitcher, but both NY and Boston fans are supporting their man and either of them would be OK. Like many Jays fans, I have voted early and often.

    Go Freddie Go!

    • cur68 - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      I voted the straight Puig Ticket. He’s just better. Like in every facet of the game. Freddy’s not chopped giblets, but Puig’s a stud. Far more deserving.

      • dondada10 - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:31 PM

        I guess Craig can hit thumbs down as many times as he wants.

      • daveitsgood - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        I don’t know about every facet of the game. He doesn’t walk much at all (not that Freddie is a huge walk generating machine either, that team designation is apparently reserved for Uggla) and Puig’s baserunning is atrocious. There’s a border between aggressive (i.e. Harper) and reckless and more times than not, Puig is just reckless and will get thrown out by 10-20 ft. Cases in point, yesterday was thrown out trying to steal 3rd after swiping 2nd. He seemed flabbergasted that he was called out when the throw easily beat him and he was tagged out. Example the 2nd, when he scored from 2nd on a ground out. The catcher dropped the ball. Had he held on to it, Puig was out by 20 ft. It’s not like it was a bang bang play. Yes, he does things with his legs on the bases, but he also runs his team out of innings as well.

  2. mudhead123 - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    We can only hope a player who has played more than a handful of games will make it

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      If Puig gets in, he will back a starter who has played a handful of games.

      All Star games are jokes. And that is not confined to baseball

  3. paint771 - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Yeah, I kind of disagree, I think the setup man vote is kind of fun. A lot of great stories there (I’m biased being a Toronto fan) and a lot of big fan base candidates, plus I’m not sure there was any other race on the Puig level that would have generated much excitement (Sorry A’s fan).

  4. sportfan23 - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    The whole Jays/Braves partnership has got to be leading this. Gonna be tough for Puig to pass him I think.

  5. jaysfan64 - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Puig will have his day..the fans want to see him there so I’m thinking he’ll go somehow even as a possible injury replacement..I’m voting for Freeman because he’s deserving and because of his Canadian connection…Jays fans: Raise the Bar!

  6. Detroit Michael - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Technically, Uehara and Benoit aren’t currently set-up men, but I agree with your broader point.

    • jdd428 - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      If those two are on the ballot as “closers,” then Grant Balfour should have been on there instead.

  7. valarmorghuliss - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Keep making new email addresses Brave fans
    Rinse and Repeat

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      I wonder if DirtyHarry1971@troll.com is available?

    • stoutfiles - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      Yes Braves fans, make sure your 1B gets no rest this weekend playing in a meaningless game. Also, make sure he’s that much more difficult to resign when his contract expires.

  8. Detroit Michael - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    As long as we’re complaining about Puig not having enough MLB experience to claim that he is an all-star caliber player:
    Puig – 135 2013 MLB plate appearances as a batter
    Scheppers – 172 2013 MLB plate appearances as a pitcher

    True, Scheppers played some in the majors in 2012, but his subpar 2012 stat line certainly doesn’t help establish his credentials as an all-star.

    In my book, neither of them should be all stars, but your mileage may vary. I think the overreaction to small sample sizes is more extreme for Scheppers frankly.

    • louderthanwords1 - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      Comparing a hitter to a pitcher isn’t a fair comparison. Scheppers as a reliever has already thrown 43 innings. A reliever throwing 70 plus innings on the yr is still a full season whereas Puig has only played 32 games and has 127 at bats. Saying Puig plays every game from here out he still only finishes with 107 games and saying he gets 4 at bats a game gives him 427 which is barely enough to qualify for a batting title. Really easy to see Scheppers has put in a half seasons work so far while Puig has not.

      • paperlions - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:15 PM

        Sure it is. Puig also plays the field and runs the bases (I suppose, technically, the pitchers do as well).

        PAs are PAs regardless of which end of them you are on.

        Having so many relievers make the ASG is pathetic. There are a dozen more deserving starters than any of the 5 relief pitchers on that list….because being an average starter is still more valuable (and takes far more skill) than being a very good reliever.

      • Detroit Michael - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:48 PM

        Plate appearances have less predictive value for pitchers than for batters. Objectively, there is less evidence that Scheppers is a star player than there is for Puig.

        You are correct that the reason that Scheppers has so few plate appearances is because he is a reliever. I’m not disputing that.

      • louderthanwords1 - Jul 8, 2013 at 6:21 PM

        No sorry plate appearances are not plate appearances regardless of which end your on. Also relievers are a part of baseball so if you happen to be having one of the top seasons of relievers you deserve to be on the team. If your going to get rid of relievers in the all star game then lets just get rid of positions all together.

        Detroit Michael I’m not arguing there is less evidence for scheppers than there is for Puig when you refer to future projections but its not about future projections its about the all star game this year not whether their a star caliber player. The numbers Scheppers has put up so far in the first half is worthy of an all star nod hence my argument that he’s already put up a half seasons work in the context of his position.

      • Detroit Michael - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:19 PM

        Amongst our other disagreements, we also disagree on who should be selected for the all-star game. I think the all-stars should be the best players at the moment when the team is chosen. You seem to believe that it should be the players having the best first half of the season, even if the level of plate appearances in that first half is so small that it doesn’t significantly raise our estimate of the player’s talent level. I think that’s part of why we’re talking past each other.

        At least we both like to chat about baseball!

  9. ChrisWallace - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    I think Desmond is most-deserving, but as a baseball fan I don’t think the All Star game should exclusively be about who is most deserving. Puig is clearly the most interesting/exciting choice.

    • shefsh19 - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      I definitely agree about Desmond. He’s one of the best shortstops in the league, just a bit behind Tulowitzki in terms of talent. It sucks that every team needs one player because Desmond got left out so Everyth Cabrera could be on the team for the Padres. I get your point that all-star selections shouldn’t be based on reputation, but when you’re one of the top two players at your position in that given year, you should be on the team, not a final vote candidate.

      • ChrisWallace - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:01 PM

        You make good points. As a Nats fan I’m probably a tad biased in that:

        A. I want Desmond to have a full week off
        B. I want Desmond to feel slighted and use that emotion to demolish opposing pitchers in the 2H

        But I honestly do want to see Puig in the game.

    • baconatorcheese - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:43 PM

      Desmond is not an allstar and will never be one. He can’t field the ball and he is an ok hitter

  10. historiophiliac - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    I hate the whole final vote thing. Be done with it already.

    • dondada10 - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      Do you have a better way of ensuring that there are 80 all-stars a year?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:45 PM

        Is musical chairs an option? I think I’d like to watch them all vie for a spot on the team. Kindergarten chairs too, please.

      • dondada10 - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:48 PM

        Puig will win by needlessly diving head first into an open chair.

  11. kane337 - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    I’m voting for Freddie and Delabar

    • ChrisWallace - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      I think you have to vote for Freeman. He’s clearly one of the five best first baseman in the National League this season.

  12. jonirocit - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Have any of you seen this puig clowns act or do you just watch highlights? Dude is extremely talented but is a major ass bag … Like tony plush status … Not to mention before he even appeared in MLB he had run ins with the law . Needs to grow up … Maybe he can learn a little about being a professional from Trout and Harper .

    • louderthanwords1 - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      Does how he act make any difference to whether he’s an all star or not? I don’t recall Manny Ramirez being a class act or Rickey Henderson being modest. If you were talking about who to start a franchise with it would be a different story.

  13. jb8588 - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Even though I usually don’t involved with the All-Star voting, I just went ahead and made sure to vote for Freeman only because Puig has no business being in the game over some of the other candidates.

  14. jdd428 - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    All you Puig haters make me sick. He’s a phenom and he’s exciting, doing things that haven’t been done like this before – I don’t care if he’s only been up about a month. He should have been up all season because he was raking like this in the spring, too.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      All you Puig supporters make me sick. Darrin Ruf should be in the All Star game. I don’t care if he’s only been up 2 days. He should have been up all season because he was raking like this in the spring, too.

      • jdd428 - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        Call me if Darin Ruf is still hitting over .400 in three weeks.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:13 PM

        I still have old fashioned dial up – can I call collect?

      • jdd428 - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        Sure. The # is 1-800-784-4278 (1-800-PUIG-ASG)

      • dondada10 - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:25 PM

        I have 50 free hours of AOL on CD. You can have it, friend.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:40 PM

        50 Hours?!?!

        Jackpot!!

    • baconatorcheese - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:50 PM

      Vote for puig I don’t care but I garentee he won’t be hitting .400 at the end of the season he will level out like every one else and he will probably get injuired because he’s to risky of a base runner

  15. theinconvienenttruth - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    I hope Desmond finishes last in the voting…just to stick it to their broadcasters. Natitude? ha

    • ChrisWallace - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      Good point. Not enough people are talking about how important broadcaster-sticking is to All-Star game roster selection.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        Um, excuse me. Please check out my blog: http://www.wordpress.ihavehaditwithbroadcastersbeinghomers.com

  16. sisisisisisisi - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    From wikipedia “The Internet in Cuba is among the most tightly controlled in the world. It is characterized by a low number of connections, limited bandwidth, censorship, and high cost.”

    Freeman is more deserving

    • sisisisisisisi - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-22696637

      The government of Cuba has said it will soon expand public access to the internet, although it will maintain restrictions for access at home.

      It said that 118 internet points would be set up on the Caribbean island from 4 June, to allow web surfing for $4.5 (£3) an hour.

  17. sisisisisisisi - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2013/06/05/cubans-praise-internet-access-centers-say-price-too-steep/

    Only high-end prostitutes can afford them?

  18. 13arod - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    I voted for freeman he is the best first baseman in baseball

  19. rcali - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Puig all the way. Don’t need another 1st baseman. Puig is a better all around baseball player and I’m not sure it’s that close.

    • baconatorcheese - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:46 PM

      He is played a month of baseball what if he starts to hit a dry spell and hits .220 next month or he gets injuired

  20. dracko19 - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    The All-Star game itself might not matter much in principal, but getting picked sure as hell means a lot to the players. Why? Because when you talk about a player after his playing days, you always refer to his “X-time All Star” status. It’s a legacy stat and separates the average from the historically great, albeit unfairly. This is why players are getting ticked some hot shot rookie with a few ABs is getting all this love and ASG consideration.

  21. yahmule - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Even with Adrian Gonzalez backing Yasiel, having another Dodger on the ticket is costing him votes.

  22. Aaron Westendorf - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    I work in sports marketing and focus on digital content. Part of the reason Puig is losing is because how much better Atlanta interacts with their market and how well their fans interact with the team. Since the All-Star vote takes place online, things like influence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram matter. If you’re interested Craig (or anyone reading this article) I explain how the Braves have 5x more powerful social media than the Dodgers here:

    http://digitalsportsvoice.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/sports-marketing-score-explains-why-puig-is-not-an-all-star/

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