Puig not selected to NL All-Star team; on Final Vote ballot

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was in Triple-A to start the season. Now he is on the Final Vote for the National League All-Star team.

Puig was called up in early June and took the baseball world by storm.

According to ESPN.com, Puig, 22, from Cuba, is hitting .420 with eight home runs and 19 runs batted in for the Dodgers in just 30 games. Puig is also the first player to win National League Player of the Month in their first month of their career.

The Dodgers are also 18-12 since Puig getting called up, after being in last place with a 23-32 record, and now only trail the Arizona Diamondbacks by three and a half games for first place in the division.

According to USA Today, Puig was not voted to the All-Star game by the fan voting or by the player vote. National League manager Bruce Bochy did not select Puig as a reserve either. Puig’s spot on the All-Star team is now in the fans’ hands once again.

Fans get to vote for the final spot of the National League team. The five finalists are Puig, Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond, Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence.

Puig’s popularity may help him get the final spot. Major League Baseball released that Puig had the most write-in votes since Freddy Sanchez in 2006.

Fans can vote for their choice for the final spot until Thursday July 11.


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