Relax baseball fans–just because Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig lost the final vote for the 2013 MLB All Star Game doesn’t mean he won’t be there in the future.
After a late push, Puig fell short of winning the final vote to Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves as the first baseman finished with 19.6 million votes. In all honesty, both players deserve to suit up for the National League next week, but when it comes to experience–it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to see Freeman win the final spot over Puig.
For starters, there was already plenty of controversy surrounding Puig participating since he’s only played in 35 games this season. Many fans strongly believe the All Star Game should consist of players that have been with the team for the entire season and unfortunately for Puig–that simply wasn’t the case.
Still, unless he gets selected due to another player’s injury, it doesn’t look like Puig will have to worry about playing in this year’s contest, but there’s no question he’ll most likely make the roster numerous times over the next couple of years. At the rate he’s going, Puig has a good shot to be one of the top superstars in this league and if you think his performance from the first half of this year has been exciting–just wait until you see what’s in store for the future.
Puig clearly has a bright future in the big leagues–so missing out on one All Star Game won’t hurt the superstar.