Jul 10, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) connects for a double during the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

MLB All-Star Game 2013: Freddie Freeman Still Leads NL Final Vote Over Yasiel Puig

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?

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  • Aaron Westendorf

    I work in sports marketing and focus on digital content. Part of the reason Puig is losing is because how much better Atlanta interacts with their market and how well their fans interact with the team. Since the All-Star vote takes place online, things like influence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram matter. If you’re interested Brian (or anyone reading this article) I explain how the Braves have 5x more powerful social media than the Dodgers here: http://digitalsportsvoice.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/sports-marketing-score-explains-why-puig-is-not-an-all-star/

    • usxinfinity

      You have a point, Aaron, but I disagree with you. Atlanta has a strong social networking influence but the Dodgers do as well (caveat: I am a die-hard Braves fan). The problem with Puig is that he has only played approximately 35 games in his entire career. Freeman has nearly tripled the number of Puig’s RBIs and he is not only consistent but also a great clutch hitter. Puig gets hits but it’s usually when there’s nobody on base. He is showboating already and he hasn’t even cut his teeth in the league. Pitchers are learning Puig’s approach and he will soon be seeing a bunch of off-speed stuff coming his way. He is a great fastball hitter and his coordination is amazing but it will be interesting to see how he faces someone like Verlander.

      • Aaron Westendorf

        Thanks for your comment! I can get on board with what you’re saying.

        Both teams are top 10 in digital influence. Just like on the field, two top-10 teams going head-to-head may have a different outcome than what the stats predict. If I had the time I would also evaluate individual players against one another using the same sports marketing formula (players matter just like the team’s influence) and I would agree with you that a player with a long MLB career would hold more influence than one 35 games into his career. I just think fans are completely in awe that Puig is losing the contest when LA is such a large market, has so many athletes endorsing Puig and that he’s on ESPN every day where Freeman is not. My goal is to bring a unique look to the situation most fans may not be aware of (how social media has its own impact outside of just the sports being played).

        One instance that comes to mind is Joey Votto winning MLB Player of the year through the Twitter vote – many people didn’t understand how a small-market team won the contest even though Votto is a great player. Sometimes social media contests are just like grade school student council votes (popularity contests) and sometimes the right guy wins.

  • Joe Jackson

    No disrespect aimed at Puig, but I don’t see how any player can be considered an all-star when they have only played 35 games. I know he is extremely popular across the nation, but the popularity part should take a back seat to more proven players. Next year,If his batting average & all his stats are close to what they are now, yes he most definatly deserves to be an all star.