Is There Any Way in Hell Yasiel Puig Deserves to Be an All-Star More Than Gerardo Parra?
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Neither Los Angeles Dodgers rookie phenom Yasiel Puig nor Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Gerardo Parra were chosen to participate in the All-Star Game.
Puig, for some reason, still has a chance to make it.
There are five players from the American League and National League who are part of a "final vote" to get in the game -- Puig's an option, and Parra is not. (Neither of them were on the All-Star ballots, because those selections are made before the season starts.)
Although Dodgers fans are fanatical about this guy who's played a grand total of 32 games (we wouldn't be surprised if Dodgers fans are already calling for a spot for Puig in Cooperstown), it's certainly not clear that he deserves to be an All-Star.
The guy's got eight doubles and eight homers on the entire season -- because, again, he's played just 32 games. He donned the golden sombrero in his 31st game, as he went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. (Hint: Fastballs at the ears.)
Parra, who's spent most of this season as the lead-off man, is hitting just below .300 -- he's played the whole season -- and has the most doubles in the National League.
If you like the WAR (wins above replacement) metric, Parra is at 3.3 right now, and Puig's at 2.4.
Yasiel Puig tried to run from first to third on a single hit by Parra once; Puig will be careful to ever make that mistake again.
If you think Puig's going to finish this season hitting .400, you're delusional. But that's not the question -- do you think Puig deserves to be an All-Star more than Parra?
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