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July 13, 2013

Puig not an All-Star



Arizona catcher Miguel Montero has been on record that he doesn’t approve of how Puig plays the game, or his personality on the field. Puig was thrown out trying to score in a game at Arizona recently and he stared back at Montero after the play. Puig’s disdain for Arizona may stem from being hit in the face with a pitch by Arizona’s Ian Kennedy during his first two weeks with the Dodgers.

So there it is - the Yasiel Puig unofficial smear campaign. In a matter of seven days, Puig has went from electrifying  budding superstar to whatever it is the Diamondbacks are accusing him of being.

This is what we do to young stars in professional sports, we find a flaw and exploit it to push the athlete into a corner. It's not Puig’s fault, merely a flaw in our society that is decades old. We love to build someone up and then tear them down.

If Puig has been as much of a game changer as we have been led to believe, why didn't Bochy pick Puig as part of the original All Star selections instead of passing the buck to the fan vote to put him on the team? With the All Star Game deciding the league that gets homefield advantage in the World Series, Bochy - winner of two of the last three World Series - knows the value of home field demands his best roster possible.

Is Puig more deserving of a roster spot than Andrew McCutcheon, Michael Cuddyer, Domonic Brown or Carlos Gomez? All four outfielders are having outstanding seasons. The flip side of that argument is the All Star Game is supposed to be for the fans. By now you know that Puig lost the fan vote to Freeman. Freeman becomes the fourth firstbasemen on the roster.

Puig isn’t on the All-Star team, because there were other players more deserving. This doesn't mean this is some injustice. Every year there are snubs.

Everyone knows who Yasiel Puig is now, and he’s not an All Star.


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