Are you on Team Puig? If so, you're running out of time to get clicking.
For the all the talents and accomplishments of the four other players involved, the "Final Vote" for the last spot on the National League All-Star team is largely being viewed as a referendum on Yasiel Puig. The Dodgers' electrifying rookie outfielder has wowed fans and foes with his bat, glove and speed. Since making his MLB debut on June 3, the 22-year-old from Cuba has taken the majors by storm, raking a .436 clip through the remainder of the month.
Despite his blockbuster opening in L.A., Puig's arrival was too late to earn an All-Star spot via the fan vote and his body of work apparently was considered too small to earn the nod from managers and players. As a result, Puig joined Hunter Pence, Freddie Freeman, Adrian Gonzalez and Ian Desmond on the ballt of the "Final Vote."
Count Gonzalez among those backing Puig, his teammate in Los Angeles.
"For me, personally, I want Puig to go," said Gonzalez, a four-time All-Star, to MLB.com. "I'm voting for Puig."
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Gonzalez may be in the minority among MLB players, many of whom want to see someone who has paid his dues and proven himself over a longer stretch rewarded with a trip to Citi Field.
"I can see both sides, so I don't get aggravated about it," St. Louis Cardinals veteran starter Chris Carpenter said of Puig's controversial candidacy to USA Today Sports. "There's no question a young guy like that brings excitement to the game. But does three good weeks or a month make you an All-Star? Does that mean you're deserving to be an All-Star? No."