Yasiel Puig is garnering serious All-Star consideration thanks to an outstanding month that has helped turn around the Los Angeles Dodgers’ season.
But Jonathan Papelbon, for one, apparently thinks including Puig on the National League All-Star team would be a big mistake. “To me, it’s an absolute joke,” Papelbon told MLB Network Radio when asked about Puig’s All-Star candidacy. “It’s really kind of stupid if you ask me.”
The 22-year-old Puig has taken the majors by storm since debuting with the Dodgers on June 2, batting .436 with seven home runs and 16 RBIs in 26 games.
The Dodgers have gone 15-11 since Puig’s arrival, rebounding from a rough start to climb back into contention in the NL West. But Papelbon, who reportedly struggled to pronounce Puig’s name correctly during his interview with MLB Network Radio, believes that the Cuban outfielder has not played in the majors long enough to warrant an All-Star spot.
“The guy’s got a month, I don’t even think he’s got a month in the big leagues,” Papelbon said during the interview. “Just comparing him to this and that, and saying he’s going to make the All-Star team, that’s a joke to me.
“It’s just really what happens in baseball when … to me it really does an injustice to the veteran players that have been in the game for eight-, nine-, 10-plus years. It kind of does them an injustice because they’ve worked so hard to stay there.”
A nine-year veteran and five-time All-Star, Papelbon has a 2.05 ERA and 15 saves this season. The Philadelphia Phillies closer did not pitch against the Dodgers this past weekend, when Puig went 7-for-16 and scored five runs.
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