2013 MLB All-Star Game: Yasiel Puig Deserves “Final Vote”

Yasiel Puig

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Yasiel Puig should be an All-Star in 2013. The rookie outfielder has had the best start to his career than anyone in the history of the game.

Through the first 33 games, Puig is hitting .409 with eight home runs and 19 RBIs, making him a serious candidate for the All-Star Game. The final spot on the National League roster is up for grabs as Puig will be battling it out with Freddie Freeman, Hunter Pence, Ian Desmond and Adrian Gonzalez.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Puig ranked second in the National League final voting, just behind Freeman. Puigmania has become the way of life in Los Angeles lately as the Los Angeles Dodgers are the hottest ticket in town and have been for over a month now.

No player has had a bigger impact on his team as a rookie than Puig has, and no player has turned his team into a contender faster than Puig has.

The Dodgers were in the gutter of the National League, but a month later, they are in striking distance of first — it’s safe to say his 54 hits in his first 132 major league at-bats has something to do with that.

He’s not just a hot bat, either. You may think he has nothing else to offer than his sweet swing and his power, but Puig is also an excellent outfielder, throwing people out from the deep parts of the field. He’s also got a bit of speed, stealing five bases in just his first month.

This guy deserves the vote.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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