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Although he may not know how to speak English, 22 year-old Cuban native Yasiel Puig has proved that he can definitely speak the game of baseball. This language barrier is not giving this fresh-faced rookie any issues marking his territory in the Dodgers’ ball club.
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However, some critics of Puig are arguing that his short performance in the MLB is not enough to earn him a spot in this year’s All-Star Game. Some say it is “Rookie Luck.” Some say it is an insult to those who have held the same batting percentage all season. And most say Puig just has not been in the game long enough.
But, how can critics argue with his unseen and shocking stats. First Dodger to have five multi-hit games in his first seven games…Ended his first week in the majors with a .464 batting average (13-for-28), four home runs, and 10 RBIs…38 hits in the 23 games he has played…Second player since 1900 with four homers in five MLB games… to name a few.
Putting Puig in the All Star Game is undoubtedly a tough argument to sell. But, with the pace he is going, and the reaction he is getting, I would say he deserves some consideration. Puig has been in the Los Angeles Times almost every day since his debut on June 3. He is now the face of new Dodgers’ advertisements. Heck, Puig even has Vin Scully tweeting about how shocking his rookie performance is.
Perhaps the most important aspect, besides his stats, is that the fans love him. I mean, baseball is “For the Love of the Game” isn’t it? Although Puig’s play may be risky and unconventional to some, it seems like it’s working for the Los Angeles Dodgers. According to the Dodger Stadium Merchandising Official, No. 66 Jerseys have sold out every night before the game even begins. If someone can give a currently awful Dodgers team hope, make kids go buy jerseys, and make the stadium actually begin to look full, why shouldn’t he be considered for the game?
I think that it is safe to argue that regardless of time in the league, age, or any other reason critics can argue against Puig, if the Dodgers want to send an All-Star from their current roster the Citi Field, it should be Puig. The All-Star Game is about the fans getting to see players who are exciting, talented, and worthy. Even though Yasiel Puig has played a mere 23 games, this is the All-Star Game, and Puig has proven to be a star in his short time in the big leagues. The only way this sensational rookie is going to make his way into the All-Star Game is by write-in votes by the fans. It’ll be interesting to see if the fans come through for the Cuban phenom.
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Ron Reiring I got a chance to watch Yasiel Puig continue his remarkable run Thursday night with a 2-run single to beat the Phillies, and that was after face-planting into the outfield wall. Great rookie numbers, crashing into walls? Sounds like somebody else we know. But what do we do with this guy if he’s on our fantasy team? Ride it out and enjoy the show? Sell him high...
Yasiel Puig homers in the Dodgers 3-1 win over the Giants Monday night.
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Yasiel Puig see ball hit ball far. The Dodgers’ 22-year-old stud hit his seventh homer Monday night in just his 20th MLB game. He’s doing just about everything right. Minus a gaffe in Monday’s game in right field, he’s making highlight plays defensively and offensively. MLB Network’s Heidi Watney tweeted Monday night that Puig is the first player in...
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Philadelphia Phillies (38-42) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (36-42)
John Lannan (0-2, 5.84) vs. Chris Capuano (2-4, 4.09)
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The Phillies will look to John Lannan to stop Yasiel Puig and the Dodgers tonight, who have won six in a row. Last night, Puig won the game for them with a 2-RBI single...