Yasiel Puig Should Be Selected Into The All-Star Game
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By Enrique Rivera (MLB Reports – LA Dodgers Correspondent) Follow @eriqwiththeq
There is no doubt about it, Dodgers’ OF Yasiel Puig has been all over the sports media – and rightfully so.
Puig has only played in 27 games and he is batting an excellent .436 with 7 HRs and 16 RBIs.
The Dodgers are 15-11 during that stretch including 8-2 in their last 10 games.
Puig doesn’t seem like he’s ready to cool off as he has a 5 game hitting streak including a 4 for 5 game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday June. 30.
Yasiel Puig helps extend the Dodgers winning streak to six
Because of Puig’s month long hot streak, the talk in baseball is should he be selected into the MLB All-Star Game in Flushing?
And all I have to say about that is, why not? If San Francisco Giants’ and NL manager Bruce Bochy wants the NL to win he should definitely have the hottest players in the team, including Yasiel Puig.
History can easily repeat itself. In 1974, former Dodgers’ first baseman Steve Garvey was omitted from the All-Star ballot. With a successful write-in campaign, Garvey became the starting first baseman for the NL squad.
As a result of that, he helped the NL team defeat the AL team 7-2 and went on to win All-Star Game MVP.
All it would take is fans to join Puig’s write-in campaign and get him into the All-Star Game.
Even Steve Garvey has helped Puig’s campaign with tweets and commercials.
Puig has all the tools Bochy might need to the win the game, even as a reserve. Puig can run, play great defense and he would be great for key clutch situation.
Another player that should be mentioned as a potential All-Star write-in is Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez has been just as hot as Puig.
Ramirez is currently hitting .394 with 6 HRs (including 4 in his last 10 games), with 17 RBIs (11 in his last 10) and has only SO’d 10 times.
Hanley Ramirez hits a line-drive homerun at Yankee Stadium
Ramirez is doing the best job any Dodger has had in the cleanup spot of the lineup this year.
The combination of Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig has led the Dodgers back in the division and are now just 4 games back in the NL West.
Bruce Bochy himself got a front row experience of just how dangerous the Dodgers lineup can get as he took his defending championship team to Dodger Stadium for a three-game series and got swept.
Puig went 6 for 12 in the series and Ramirez went 5 and 11 with a HR. Ramirez also collected 4 RBIs in that sweep of the Giants.
If the All-Star Game is about the best talent in baseball then Yasiel Puig should definitely be considered by Bochy.
If you need to win a game, wouldn’t you rather go with the hottest player (s) in baseball? Puig probably has a better chance the Ramirez, however other than Ian Desmond and Jean Segura, who else at the SS position could the Giants skipper take? (Everth Cabrera is currently on the DL – as is the landslide Shortstop to be voted in – which is Troy Tulowitki. So why not have the guy in your lineup?)
For Puig, it also looks like Bryce Harper may not be ready to go at ALL – Star time (or elect to skip), plus Ryan Braun being hurt) then the plot should thicken.
4 players who should be there for sure are Carlos Gonzalez, Domonic Brown, Carlos Beltran and Michael Cuddyer. Harper and Braun will be replaced if voted in – and possibly by the next two players we talk about. Add Upton as a vote in.
Throw in Carlos Gomez for good measure, with his 30 HR/30 SB pace – and well over a .300 BA – and he should be #6. Andrew McCutchen is not playing ALL – Star Caliber baseball. Gerardo Parra is playing awesome – and should garner some consideration, however his Offensive WAR is at 1.9 – where Puig is already at 2.1.
Besides Goldschmidt has more to do with the DBacks winning than he. Puig has helped lead his team to a 15 – 11 mark since joining the team. If you name Parra #7th in the spot, that still leaves you two slots if Braun and Harper are injured. I would rather have Puig personally.
Jay Bruce may be the only other OF to think of. If Braun / and or Harper are unable to go, Puig should skyrocket up the ballots to replace them – and especially if he is still hitting north of .400 at his own personal 40 game mark.
Teams not mentioned and possible ALL – Star Selections: Pittsburgh – Jason Grilli, Chicago Cubs – Anthony Rizzo,..or no way! - Kevin Gregg), San Diego – Jason Marquis, Miami – Jose Fernandez, other than that, every other team is represented.
The coaches of these said games should really start thinking outside of the box. After all, the fans only have a case in the starting lineups. Granted, every team must be represented. How could you leave these guys off the way they are swinging the sticks right now?
Sure, we still have a couple of weeks left before the Midsummer Classic but as I said before, Puig looks like he has no plans of slowing down.
He and Hanley Ramirez have led this beaten Dodger team back into the race and has brought excitement in baseball and not just Dodger fans.
With Dodgers’ first baseman Adrian Gonzalez losing in the first baseman race to Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto and Arizona Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt, Dodgers would love to have more players represent them in the Midsummer Classic other than pitcher Clayton Kershaw.
Gonzalez has been the most consistent hitter for the Dodgers all year but he is being out shined by Goldschmidt’s and Votto’s stellar seasons. Throw in the years of Allen Craig and Freddie Freeman, and the native of San Diego, CA will likely be left of the team.
If baseball fans really want to see the best and hottest talent in baseball then they should definitely get going and write-in Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez into the All-Star Game.
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Today’s feature was prepared by our Dodgers Correspondent Enrique Rivera. Enrique was born in Los Angeles and raised in Compton, CA. He has been a Dodger fan since he was introduced to the greatest sport of all time.
‘Eriq’ also has written a couple of baseball stories for another website here . Eriq has also talked Dodger baseball on a college radio show called LA Sports Weekly.
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