June 30, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (66) acknowledges fans following the 6-1 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Jonathan Papelbon Says Yasiel Puig Making MLB All-Star Game is a Joke

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.

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  • Dean Thomas

    Lets see, from a numbers standpoint, only Joe DiMaggio had a better month as a rookie (in 1936). The All-Star game is also for the best players in the current season, it’s not about career numbers. So, from that standpoint, Puig should be in.