Amid much controversy of being in the MLB All-Star Game, Yasiel Puig made the list of candidates for the game’s final vote that’s left to the fans until Thursday. Despite the popularity of Puig, he’s still getting beat out by an early frontrunner as of Wednesday.
From USA Today, the Atlanta Braves’ Freddie Freeman leads the National League side of the final vote, putting Puig at second place.
Many expected Los Angeles Dodgers rookie standout Yasiel Puig to run away with the National League’s Final Vote contest and, therefore, earn the last All-Star Game roster spot.
But with just one day remaining in the vote, Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman still holds the lead, according to Wednesday morning’s update.
The rest of the list, in order, include the San Francisco Giants’ Hunter Pence, Washington Nationals’ Ian Desmond, and Puig’s teammate Adrian Gonzalez.
Let’s put both players in comparison. Puig is at a .404 batting average in his 35 games he’s played this season. He’s dominated the game offensively with 55 hits, eight doubles, eight home runs, and 19 runs batted in.
Freeman has at least doubled that many games and has 90 hits, 17 doubles, one more home run, and has 56 RBIs, good for ninth in the NL.
Both players deserve a spot in the All-Star Game, but only one will make it. Will flavor of the month that’s helped save the Dodgers’ season exceed a player who’s been a scoring machine for one of the better teams in the NL?