Well, I’m here to add to that debate by declaring that he does deserve to be part of the 2013 All-Star Game in New York.
How does a guy who’s only been in the majors for a month deserve an invite to the mid-summer classic, you ask? No rookie has had as much of an impact on his team that Puig has had in just about a month. The Dodgers were just 23-32 before Puigmania and are 17-11 with him.
Sure, that doesn’t seem like a huge upgrade, but when you looked at the Dodgers pre-Puig, they were lifeless and sitting in dead-last place in the NL West. With Puig, the stands are filled, the team is hot and everyone is dying to see the rookie sensation.
Also, the Dodgers are no longer a bottom-dweller thanks to the 22-year-old budding superstar. Sitting 2.5 games out of first place in the division, they are in a much better position than they were a month ago.
Just how good has Puig been for the Dodgers? Since his call-up, he’s hitting a scorching .443 with eight home runs and 17 RBIs. He has had 47 hits in his first 106 at-bats — no other player in the history of the game has had the kind of start he has at the beginning of his career.
If the All-Star Game is about having the best players and the ones that will most likely help your league win, Puig is the answer for the National League.
Am I saying he deserves to get the invite to New York? No, I’m not just saying that, I’m also saying the guy should be a starter. Yup, you heard it here first — well, maybe not first — Puig should be a starter in the 2013 All-Star Game. Don’t let us down, Bruce Bochy.