Is There Any Way in Hell Yasiel Puig Deserves to Be an All-Star More Than Gerardo Parra?

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Gerardo Parra


Neither Los Angeles Dodgers rookie phenom Yasiel Puig nor Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Gerardo Parra were chosen to participate in the All-Star Game.

Puig, for some reason, still has a chance to make it.

There are five players from the American League and National League who are part of a "final vote" to get in the game -- Puig's an option, and Parra is not. (Neither of them were on the All-Star ballots, because those selections are made before the season starts.)

Although Dodgers fans are fanatical about this guy who's played a grand total of 32 games (we wouldn't be surprised if Dodgers fans are already calling for a spot for Puig in Cooperstown), it's certainly not clear that he deserves to be an All-Star.

The guy's got eight doubles and eight homers on the entire season -- because, again, he's played just 32 games. He donned the golden sombrero in his 31st game, as he went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. (Hint: Fastballs at the ears.)

Parra, who's spent most of this season as the lead-off man, is hitting just below .300 -- he's played the whole season -- and has the most doubles in the National League.

If you like the WAR (wins above replacement) metric, Parra is at 3.3 right now, and Puig's at 2.4.

Yasiel Puig tried to run from first to third on a single hit by Parra once; Puig will be careful to ever make that mistake again.



If you think Puig's going to finish this season hitting .400, you're delusional. But that's not the question -- do you think Puig deserves to be an All-Star more than Parra?

Cast your vote below:


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5 comments
ptcgaz
ptcgaz

Puig is a punk bitch. Anyone watch the fights either on game day or afterwards on youtube on June 11th? Fuck the Dodgers their a large market team of bitches much like the Yankees, or Cardinals/Braves


JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

MLB has deemed Puig their golden boy of 2013 and will find a way to put Puig on the Allstar team. Look at the D'Backs/Dodgers brawl - Puig can CLEARLY be seen throwing punches and yet MLB deemed that there was insufficient evidence to suspend him - but they gave Heinske 5 games. (SB Nation described it as "From the video available on MLB.com, it looks like Hinske's biggest offense was getting in the way of Yasiel Puig's fist" with a great screen grab of Puig punching Heinske in the back at http://www.baseballnation.com/2013/6/14/4430968/diamondbacks-dodgers-brawl-suspensions) If that doesn't send a clear message that MLB will do what it takes to protect and promote Puig then I don't know what would. 

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@JohnQ.Public agreed..i dont care what he bats, like braun its tainted to me because of his actions. 

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

The main reason, thought, that Puig will be on the Allstar team - this article from the LA Times at http://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgersnow/la-sp-dn-yasiel-puig-merchandise-record-20130610,0,2288993.story says it all

"The Dodgers sold more Puig-related merchandise from Thursday to Sunday than they had ever sold of any player over a four-day period .... The team sold approximately 3,000 units of Puig-related merchandise in that four-day window, including 1,600 t-shirts ($28), 400 “Viva Puig” t-shirts ($28) and 600 jerseys ($225 for the authentic version, $110 for the replica ones)."

MLB is going to milk that cash cow as much as it can and that is why I predict they will manufacture a way to put Puig on the Allstar team.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Agreed. I hope that Delgado goes right after him tonight - high and tight - the whole game (although Puig does like to swing at the outside breaking pitch).

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