A spectacular rookie month isn’t enough to justify an All-Star berth, according to Jonathan Papelbon.
Never mind how many highlights the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder may have generated with his hits, home runs and energy during the month of June. The possibility that Puig would get a spot on the National League team is, to Papelbon, ludicrous.
“To me, it’s an absolute joke,” the Philadelphia Phillies’ closer told the MLB Radio Network on Tuesday. “It’s really kind of stupid if you ask me.”
In his first 26 games in the majors, Puig hit .436 with seven home runs and 44 hits in 26 games. Only Joe DiMaggio had more hits (48) in the first month of a major league career. In the Dodgers’ only game so far in July, he went 3-for-5 with a home run and a double, boosting his average to .443 in the Dodgers 8-0 victory over Colorado.
“The guy’s got a month, I don’t even think he’s got a month in the big leagues,” Papelbon said, noting that Puig’s first game was June 3. “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.”
Shouldn’t Puig, like Bryce Harper a year ago, be an All-Star, though? Shouldn’t early-season performance be taken into consideration?