PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Yasiel Puig has taken major league baseball by storm. The Dodgers rookie had 44 hits in his first 100 at-bats in the big leagues, and has helped begin to turn around what looked like it might be a disastrous season in Los Angeles.
Though he hasn’t played the entire first half of the season, or even close to it (only 26 games), many have said that because Puig has played so well, that he would be a good addition to the National League All-Star team.
Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon doesn’t think so.
“To me, it’s an absolute joke. It’s reall kind of stupid if you ask me,” Papelbon said on MLB Network Radio, as he had trouble even saying Puig’s name correctly. “The guy’s got a month, I don’t even think he’s got a month in the big leagues, and 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, ten plus years, and it kind of does them an injustice because they’ve worked so hard to stay there.”
Papelbon looked like he was a favorite for the team until a recent string of blown saves. In 26 games for the Dodgers, Puig is hitting .436, with seven home runs and an OPS of 1.180.