A five time Major League All-Star game participant, Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon is no stranger to the Midsummer Classic. He’s also a bit of a traditionalist as he noted on MLB Network Radio today when he said the idea of Los Angeles Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig playing in the All-Star game is a joke.
The argument for Puig making the All-Star game is more about what the game represents. Now that the game actually means something (home field in the World Series), people are taking it much more seriously and given what Puig’s done in his thirty or so games at the big league level has been nothing short of remarkable.
Then again, he’s played a month at the Major League level and if this was a second baseman on the Minnesota Twins who had produced similar numbers, would the talk be as significant? Probably not.
Whatever the case, it’s become a pretty big argument. Is the All-Star game reserved for players who deserve to be there from a numbers standpoint or is the game meant for the league’s most exciting players? We know how Papelbon feels.