LOS ANGELES—Controversy has stirred within the Major League Baseball Association with Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig, who has become eligible this year for the Final Vote.
The Final Vote allows for baseball fans to vote for the final member of the National League All-Star team. The 22 year-old Cuban has taken the sport by storm this year, setting up impressive stats since his withdrawal from the minor leagues. He’s maintaining a .407 batting average, with eight home runs and 19 RBIs.
Since the rookie joined the Dodgers, they’ve gone from a 23-32 last place slump to an 18-13 record, tied for second place in the National League West. His presence has been very beneficial to the Dodgers team, but many MLB veterans criticize Puig’s inclusion, citing his lack of experience in the majors as he has only played 31 professional games.
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who will be managing the National League All-Star team this year, agrees with that sentiment.
“If he’s not an all-star this year, he’s going to be an all-star for years to come. But I do think you have to play enough to earn a spot on the all-star team,” said Bochy.
Due to Puig’s extreme popularity, his All-Star spot is very probable, earning a near all-time high with 842,915 votes. Voting on MLB.com ends at 4 p.m. EST on Thursday, July 11.
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