It’s been a week now since the MLB All-Star game, and I still haven’t gotten over the fact that Yasiel Puig wasn’t named to the team. Yeah, I know Puig has only been in the league for a little over a month, but the guy can play. He’s got talent, and is definitely an All-Star-caliber player. How come he didn’t make the team then? It is the All-Star game right? Is there a rule you have to be in the league for a certain amount of time?
Yeah, there’s an unwritten rule according to baseball fans, I can see their point. If a pitcher comes up from Triple A, throws a no hitter and gets named to the All-Star team, yeah … that’s kind of ridiculous. A majority of us can agree that he would obviously need some more time to prove himself.
Yasiel Puig, on the other hand, has been here for a mere month. I can see the argument that says a month isn’t enough, but what is? What if Puig had come in the beginning of June instead of July? Does another month make that much of a difference? No, it shouldn’t.
Not only does Puig deserve to be on the team, but the ASG actually means something; it decides World Series home-field advantage. If you’re in the National League, of course you’re going to try to win. Puig would’ve given you a better chance to win, not only with his bat, but with his glove; Puig has a canon for an arm.
Let’s say a new movie comes out, and it stars an actor none of us have ever heard of. The movie itself is mediocre, but it has its good moments. Let’s say it also has a lot of not-so-good moments and after you watch the movie, you think, “… that wasn’t very good, except for that one actor; he was amazing”. Yasiel Puig is that actor, and the Los Angeles Dodgers are the mediocre movie. The actor (being Puig) was the bright spot of that movie, and made a name for himself; he becomes a movie star. That describes this year’s season for the Dodgers.
Now it’s time for the Oscars, the Grammy’s and all the acting award shows. The actor who starred in that subpar movie was brilliant, and is of course a candidate for best actor. Do they really say, “hey, you’re a great actor, but you’ve only been in one movie, you have to be in at least five movies before we can consider you.” No, they don’t.
There’s no rule you have to be in a certain amount of movies for recognition and there shouldn’t be a rule for baseball either. If you are a brilliant actor/baseball player, you have to be at the Oscars/MLB All-Star Game. Yasiel Puig is the MLB version of Channing Tatum, Jaime Foxx, or whichever famous actor comes to mind. Yasiel Puig is a great player, he deserved to be on the All-Star team. Major League baseball, and all the fans who voted, made a huge mistake by not voting Puig into the All-Star game. Puig should’ve made it. Give him the “Oscar” he deserves.