go to MSN.com
Found July 02, 2013 on NESN.com:

Via NESN:

Count Jonathan Papelbon among the Yasiel Puig haters.

Puig has taken the majors by storm since breaking into the Dodgers lineup just under a month ago, prompting many around the sport to trumpet his All-Star candidacy. Papelbon, frankly, thinks all this talk is ridiculous.

“To me, it’s an absolute joke. It’s really kind of stupid if you ask me,” the Phillies closer said on MLB Network Radio on Tuesday (as transcribed by CBS Philly). “The guy’s got a month, I don’t even think he’s got a month in the big leagues, and just comparing him to this and that, and saying he’s going to make the all-star team, that’s a joke to me. It’s just really what happens in baseball when … to me it really does an injustice to the veteran players that have been in the game for eight, nine, ten plus years, and it kind of does them an injustice because they’ve worked so hard to stay there.”

Puig has put up astounding numbers through his first 26 games (.436/.467/.713 slash line, seven home runs, 16 RBIs), but he would not be the first major leaguer to fizzle and disappear after a hot start.

The 22-year-old’s electric style of play (those outfield assists are really something) and the fact that his success has come in the major media market of Los Angeles explain the sizable amount of All-Star support he has received, but it’s not surprising that someone like Papelbon would not want a qualified veteran’s spot taken by this unproven up-and-comer.

It’s highly unlikely that Puig will be voted in conventionally — he is not on the official ballot, and would thus need to be voted in as a write-in candidate — but he can be placed on the squad by NL manager Bruce Bochy (who manages the rival Giants, making this option also unlikely) or winning the NL’s “Final Vote,” for which the finalists have yet to be announced.

More from NESN.com:
1 Comment:
  • We still love Big Jon in Boston and, I for one, agree with him. Puig must prove himself over time.
THE BACKYARD
RELATED ARTICLES

Yasiel Puig went 3-for-5 and fell a triple short of the cycle, but the most important thing he did was bat flip

Yasiel Puig‘s line is .443/.473/.745/1.218 through his 27-game MLB career, which is great and all, but the most important thing he does is bat flip.
SENSATIONAL DEBUT

Highlights of Yasiel Puig's epic first month

Los Angeles Dodgers rookie sensation Yasiel Puig put together a historically dominant month, and this epic highlight video proves exactly that.

Puig pulled from game vs. Rockies

Los Angeles Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig finally found an opponent he couldn't conquer: the outfield wall at Coors Field. Puig made a leaping catch in the fifth inning against the Rockies, colliding with the wall and falling awkwardly to the ground. He stayed in the game for that inning and had an at-bat -- a sacrifice fly -- in the top of the sixth. However, when the Dodgers...

Papelbon anti-Puig as an All-Star

Count Jonathan Papelbon among the Yasiel Puig haters. Puig has taken the majors by storm since breaking into the Dodgers lineup on June 3, prompting many to trumpet his All-Star candidacy. Papelbon, frankly, thinks all this talk is ridiculous . "To me, it's an absolute joke. It's really kind of stupid if you ask me," the Phillies closer said on MLB Network Radio...

Puig named NL Player of the Month, Rookie of the Month

It's going to be awfully difficult to keep Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig out of the All-Star Game, especially now that he has capped a brilliant start to his career by being named National League Player of the Month and Rookie of the Month for June. Puig pulled off the double honor after an historic first month in which he hit .436 with 44 hits and a .713 slugging average in 26...

Puig scores from second base on a infield error

  credit David Zalubowski The legend of Puig continues.  Whether you decide Yasiel Puig is an all-star or not, he is still must see tv.  It seems each and every time he steps on the field we walk away amazed at a significant highlight that must be talked about.  As usual, he didn’t disappoint us.  Tonight’s super sensation was all about hustle.  That’s right, Yasiel...

Yasiel Puig Only Knows One Speed

Yasiel Puig’s hustle plays keep paying off, even though he may not be the best defensive player in the MLB (by a long shot). Check out the great catch Puig made off of a Nolan Arenado line drive which caused Puig to slam directly into the outfield wall, somehow holding on to the ball. Slow down big fella. Article found on: Next Impulse Sports

What’s Next For Yasiel Puig?

Currently the topic of some heated debate here on Baseball Professor, some of us are all in on Yasiel Puig as a rare type of player, while others are screaming regression. His .436 batting average is the highest in any month among all first-year players since 1916 (min. 100 plate appearances), and Puig also joined Joe DiMaggio as the only players in baseball history to collect at...

Yasiel Puig Continues to Make History With Awesome First Month

The Dodgers had to pay a lot to get Puig. They wanted to protect their investment so bad that even though he crushed the ball during spring training they sent him down to the minors in hopes he would mature. A bad season and injuries forced them to call him up earlier than they wanted. And the rest has become history. kla4067/Flickr When the youngster was called up...

LA's Puig leaves game because of hip

Rookie Yasiel Puig has left the Los Angeles Dodgers' game against Colorado after four innings. He started in right field and was hitless in two at-bats on Friday night. Puig's left hip has bothered him since he ran into the wall making a catch at Colorado on July 3. Before the game, manager Don Mattingly had said Puig was experiencing soreness, but he started anyway. He...

Rookie Comparo: Mike Trout vs Yasiel Puig

Dodgers Stadium has been in a frenzy all of June over star Cuban prospect Yasiel Puig, so let’s take a look at Puig’s stats thru his first 22 games compared the other LA team’s breakout player of 2012, Angels’ Mike Trout. There are some differences to consider: You’ll find that Puig’s first 22 games look more stout than Trout’s, however Trout really didn’t take off...

Men Of Steals: A New Trend Of Super-Athlete In Baseball

I know what you’re thinking, “No, not another story about Yasiel Puig.”  While yes, he is currently all the rage in Major League Baseball, this is not another story about Yasiel Puig, but about what he and a couple of other young players represent: a new wave of super-athletes in baseball. A look at current and  historic stats would  argue that Puig is only the most recent...

Yasiel Puig Named National League Player Of The Month For June

The praise continues to come for Dodgers outfield Yasiel Puig.  The Cuban rookie sensation, who has drawn comparisons to such players as Raul Mondesi, Bo Jackson, Vladimir Guerrero and Roberto Clemente, has just won the National League Player Of The Month Award for the month of June according to information now available at the Los Angeles Dodgers’ team website. Yasiel hit .436...

Dodgers-Rockies Preview

The surging Los Angeles Dodgers are back in the race thanks largely to Yasiel Puig. The Colorado Rockies' Michael Cuddyer has turned heads of late, too. Puig and the visiting Dodgers look to keep rolling while Cuddyer tries to extend the longest hitting streak in franchise history Tuesday night. Los Angeles (38-43) enters this three-game set seeking a ninth win in 10 games...

Dodgers 8, Rockies 0

For one night, the conversation wasn't all about rookie sensation Yasiel Puig. Granted, the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder did have another stellar game, which is pretty much the standard these days. But Clayton Kershaw accomplished what few have been able to do lately - he stole some of Puig's spotlight. Kershaw tossed a four-hitter for his second shutout of the season...
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

RUMORS & GOSSIP

Report: Braves suspend Dan Uggla after he's late to game

getty images The Atlanta Braves have suspended second baseman Dan Uggla for one game without pay. That is just over $80,000 for those doing the math at home. Uggla’s suspension comes after he was extremely tardy. The Braves have not been using Uggla much as he has just 18 trips to the plate since the end of May. The veteran second baseman is hitting just .162/.241/.331 on the...
Via Tireball.com
1 hour ago

LeBron: World Cup final is 'bigger' than NBA Finals

RIO DE JANEIRO — Just a few hours after arriving in Brazil, LeBron James sized up the 2014 FIFA World Cup final and said it trumps the NBA finals. “This is the highest you can get,” James said Saturday, a day after announcing he was returning to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. “This is bigger than the NBA finals in the sense that it’s the world and you have so many countries...
Via NESN.com
3 hours ago

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar criticizes LeBron's return to Cleveland

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is skeptical of James’ return Despite the majority of the basketball nation praising LeBron James for returning home, NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has a much different, critical opinion on King James coming back to Northeast Ohio. Kareem made various analogies, often times comparing what LeBron did to Cleveland, to a man doing his ol’ lady wrong. In an interesting...
Via Sports-Kings
2 hours ago

Report: Heat sign Luol Deng

The Miami Heat have lost superstar LeBron James, but Pat Riley and company are not going to use that as an excuse. Since James announced his decision to return to Cleveland, the Heat have been nothing but aggressive in the free agent market. After agreeing to bring Chris Bosh back on a five-year max deal, Miami has agreed to terms with forward Luol Deng.Free agent forward Luol...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
3 hours ago

Report: DEA investigating prescription drugs in NFL

You read that title right. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is reportedly investigating the distribution of prescription pills in NFL locker rooms, according to a the NY Daily News.  The investigation apparently started after 1,300 former players took the league to court in Northern California back in May. And it appears that the investigation is focused on those who are responsible...
Via Sportsnaut
3 hours ago

AJ McCarron and Katherine Webb tie the knot

Cincinnati Bengals rookie backup quarterback AJ McCarron and model Katherine Webb were married Saturday night at the Orange Beach United Methodist Church in Alabama, al.com reports. McCarron, the former Alabama quarterback and the first QB to win back-to back national championships in the BCS era, met Webb on Twitter in 2012. 
Via Speleb
8 hours ago

Carmelo Anthony officially announces return to Knicks

There have been fairly solid reports for the past 24 hours of Carmelo Anthony staying with the New York Knicks, but it is now official. ‘Melo took to his website to officially announce that he will be staying, and he also had some words for the people of New York. You can check out the message below or on Carmelo Anthony’s official website HERE. A few years ago I dreamed of...
Via Next Impulse Sports
5 hours ago

Jimmy Smith is the fifth Raven arrested this offseason

An offseason that has been filled with drama and off-field incidents for the Baltimore Ravens continued this weekend. A report from The Baltimore Sun indicates that starting cornerback Jimmy Smith was arrested late Saturday night on misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges.  Ravens starting cornerback Jimmy Smith was arrested and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct Saturday...
Via Sportsnaut
12 hours ago

Joe Haden: Browns, Cavs in 'tight fight' for first title

Joe Haden thinks it's going to be a tight race in between the Browns & Cavaliers for who will bring the first championship to Cleveland.
Via Gamedayr
6 hours ago

Winston: Manziel had much tougher fan base than FSU

College football’s last two Heisman winners have been two of the most scrutinized players in the history of the sport.  Johnny Manziel, winning it in 2012 while at Texas A&M, is seemingly always at the focus of criticism due to his life of partying.  Jameis Winston, winning it in 2013 at Florida State, was the center of a highly publicized sexual assault investigation and...
Via College Spun
1 day ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.