It has been a long time since someone as exciting as Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig came along. I have even written something myself on the reasons he would be a great choice for the All-Star Final Vote but that doesn’t mean he should win. That isn’t correct at all. He shouldn’t win because he isn’t the most deserving of the five men up for the position; Freddie Freeman is. The Atlanta Braves first baseman is the right choice to join the National League All-Star team.
As of now he is still leading and that is great news. I’m not going to lie to you. Puig would be awesome to watch at the midsummer classic but do snub Freeman would be flat wrong. Of the five players on the ballot only Puig has a better batting average and OPS. Having played far fewer games, it makes sense that Puig would have such high numbers in those categories. All other major stats favor Freeman among those five.
Also when you look at what he has meant to the team as well as how high his effort and performance stays all the time, the reasons to send him as the final vote winner just increase. Puig has plenty of All-Star games ahead of him. The fact that this would be his first really shouldn’t factor in because after all this would be Freeman’s first trip as well. All things being equal, Freeman deserves to win that last All-Star spot because he has earned it more than anyone else including Puig.