Yasiel Puig may have been the subject of a massive social media campaign the last few days to wn the final fan vote and get into the MLB All Star Game at Citi Field in New York; but it was reported earlier today on MLB.com that those efforts came up short.
Freeman will represent the NL as the Final Vote winner and will, along with Delabar, head to New York for All-Star festivities next week.
Steve Delabar, the Blue Jays relief pitcher, and Freddie Freeman, the first baseman for the Braves and Orange County Native, won the Fan Vote. The press release is very specific about the amount of votes that Freddie Freeman got, who beat out the second place Puig.
Freeman’s total of 19.7 million is the new all-time Final Vote record.
That total was about 1/4 of the total 79.2 million votes. They even announced in the press release at which minute the most votes were cast–24,660 at 3:59 ET.
But the MLB press release suspiciously doesn’t say how many votes Puig was behind by. Could Los Angelinos have tweeted #VotePuig just one more time and gotten the Cuban wunderkind into the exhibition game?
I don’t want to question the integrity of the honest and fair system put in place to select who will represent each league . . . but if you can announce how many votes the winner got, couldn’t they at least list second place if not the whole list. These are adult professional baseball players, not 3rd graders who are gonna be scarred for life if they are picked last for kickball.
If starting outfielders Bryce Harper or Carlos Gonzalez nagging injuries haven’t gone away, then Puig could still hypothetically be a replacement. But their replacement would be chosen by NL All Star manager Bruce Bochy–who will never choose the 22 year old.
Even though he’s exciting and dynamic, in his first MLB season Puig could probably use the rest. It might be a blessing in disguise that he is not included on the All Star roster and gets a few days break.
But if he needed to add to his qualifications, he is starting in center field Thursday against the Rockies. The man is versatile.