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HBT Daily: Why didn’t Puig make the All-Star team?

Jul 12, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

Was it a backlash, or something else? Also: was Derek Jeter rushed back? Really, can Derek Jeter rush anywhere?

  1. fawnliebowitz - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    There’s been so much gushing over him by the media it’s resulted in Puig Fatigue.

    • yahmule - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      That’s a good one.

    • skids003 - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      Mainly the morons at ESPN.

      • Randy "The Shoe" - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:35 PM

        ESPN in AZ lead a huge and FALSE bash campaign against Puig. They made up this story about how he snubbed Luis Gonzalez. Believe me… not all the press from ESPN has been positive.

      • thinkfirstthenspeak - Jul 12, 2013 at 3:00 PM

        The MLB.com people were bad as well. It seemed like each one wrote at least one Puig piece in the last week and some wrote multiple.

  2. braddavery - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    I’m guessing it’s because more people voted for Freddie Freeman.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 12, 2013 at 4:36 PM

      Wrong Brad, there were obviously extra voters on the grassy knoll, and the CIA was clearly involved, and the Mafia and Fidel Castro, and, oh, oops, sorry, wrong website.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 12, 2013 at 5:11 PM

      No way Brad. I am sure Puig had a lot of votes that simply weren’t counted.
      It was those damn hanging Chad’s again.

      • gloccamorra - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:45 PM

        Chad Gaudin is innocent until proven guilty. Don’t hang him yet.

  3. kardshark1 - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Freeman has “added more to his team?” Really, Craig? Based on what?

    Per fangraphs:

    Puig has added 2.1 wins (WAR)
    Freeman has added 1.8 (WAR)

    I think even though Puig has played less games, he’s ultimately helped the Dodgers more this season than Freeman has helped the Braves. In every facet of the game there is (Attendance, winning, confidence, excitement, everything).

    Can’t wait to see Freeman bat in the All Star game. Tell me how it is, I’ll be watching highlights of Puig on YouTube instead.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 12, 2013 at 5:40 PM

      Sung to the tune of Camptown Races:

      Someone’s jealous of Freddie…
      it’s Kardshark…it’s Kardshark…

      Someone’s jealous of Freddie…
      And his name’s Kardshark….

  4. yahmule - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    The Dodgers are a game and half out of first place. What were they, 10 1/2 out when Puig was called up?

    • redux23 - Jul 12, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      yes, i am sure Puig has contributed, but the rest of that division has completely tanked…

      • gloccamorra - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:08 PM

        Not entirely. Arizona has gone from 9 over to 4 over, only a drop of five games. The Dodgers swept Arizona in three games this week to get that close.

  5. tanzkommandant - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Something else indeed. Umpire Fagan’s misguided campaign of hate shows its hideous face once again. Fagan, a well-documented bigot from his time in the minors was at the center of the Puig violence earlier in the season & has now cast his despicable shadow over the all-star game in order to further promote his message of hate & intolerance.

  6. HitsDingers - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    2 factors:
    1) Blue Jays cross-marketing campaign. It’s no surprise that the 2 players with 2 “home team” voting bases won
    2) Braves were at home, Dodgers were on the road = no in-game votes for Puig

    It was not a referendum on fans wanting players who have proven something via a certain number of ABs

  7. Randy "The Shoe" - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Let me say that Freddie Freeman is more then deserving and a great player. However, it was clear from the beginning that the MLB wanted no part of having Yasiel Puig on the roster. Since its inception in 2012. There had only been three years where there were two candidates from the same team. Not once were any of the candidates voted in. 2004 (NL), 2005 (NL,AL), and 2012 (NL)

    Its obvious that the vote gets diluted and the fanbase with a homestand has a huge advantage, and we all know how die hard the Braves fans are, and they did a great job. I am curious to see though how the voting would have panned out without Adrian Gonzalez on the vote. Either way, as a Dodger fan I am a little relieved that Puig can get a few days rest and maybe fix his strikeout issue. If he works on this, I can see Puigmania continuing through out the season.

    • Randy "The Shoe" - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      Inception in 2002…sorry about that.

      • yahmule - Jul 12, 2013 at 4:38 PM

        You’re way off, dude. Inception came out in 2010.

        http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1375666/

  8. cohnjusack - Jul 12, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Puig has an absurd, completely unsustainable .485 BABIP, he strikes out once per game and rarely walks.

    He’s a very good player. But his numbers right now actually reflect that of a very lucky player. I have no problem leaving out a guy out of the All-Star game when he has 150 career PAs driven by nearly .500 BABIP

    • yahmule - Jul 12, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      Unsustainable to be sure, but the ball rockets off his bat. I believe his BABIP will “normalize” to significantly above average.

  9. mbkrouse - Jul 12, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Freddie Freeman earned his place on the NL All Star game roster by being the most qualified player in the poll. Kudos to the voters who ignored media hype and voted for the best player. Puig had a great month but as any follower of baseball knows, one month does not make an All Star.

    • Randy "The Shoe" - Jul 12, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      The all star game isn’t only about qualification unfortunately. You have to win the game. Personally I would go with the best player who is Puig. However, I think Freddie can also do a great job at getting the Dodgers home field advantage.

    • yahmule - Jul 12, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      Except in the case of Justin Upton who had a great April and has been a steaming pile of horseshit since then.

    • mjvincent125 - Jul 12, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      If it’s true that one month does not make an All-Star then why does MLB start All-Star voting shortly after the season is a month old?

  10. tellitlikeitisty - Jul 12, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    earth to craig…the kid has 8 homers and 19 rbi……THATS why he didn’t make it

  11. giantssb42champs - Jul 12, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Because he’s not on the Red Sox or Yanks? Because the Giants ballot box stuffing fans couldn’t help him?

  12. elmo - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    It’s because his BA dipped below .400. That’s just unforgivable.

  13. jaydoubleyou22 - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Because Bochy put two Dodgers on the final vote ballot. He said previously that he wouldn’t support Puig for the All Star game over crusty mediocre vets, and he ensured that it didn’t happen by forcing a split vote among Dodgers fans.

    He had to put Puig on the ballot to avoid being crucified in the media, but by throwing A-Gon on too, he did everything he could to prevent either of them from actually winning the final vote.

    I’m not sure Puig deserves to be an All Star in 2013, but one thing is certain. Each team should have a maximum of one candidate. Otherwise you end up with the Nader-Perot effect. It was a pretty cheap thing for Bochy to do and I’m surprised that nobody has called him out on it in the media.

  14. thenaturalmevs - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    It sucks that he didn’t make the team. Just sucks. Baseball doesn’t get it.

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