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Scioscia wouldn't pick Puig for ASG, either

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07:21 AM ET 07.05 | While he was significantly more politic than Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon, the sentiment carried a similar message. Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday he would not include Dodgers outfield phenom Yasiel Puig on the National League All-Star team. "I think he needs to go a little farther to earn it," Scioscia said. Puig has captured the imagination of fans across the country, but he has only 109 at-bats, ranking 11th on the Dodgers in that category. He is hitting .440 with eight home runs, in 29 games. Scioscia echoed the concerns of San Francisco Giants Manager Bruce Bochy, who will manage -- and help select -- the NL All-Star team. "If he's not an All-Star this year, he's going to be an All-Star for years to come," Scioscia said of Puig.

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July 5, 2013  08:42 AM ET

If this guy keeps this up, he will be an All Star Next Year!

July 5, 2013  08:54 AM ET

This kid sure is fun to watch. I think fans of the game would like to see him play, even if it's just in a supporting role.

July 5, 2013  09:33 AM ET

If he's hitting 400+ at the all star break - some of these "veterans" need to get over themselves. Right now - he is an All Star and a face of MLB because of his presence and talent on the field. He is drawing fans. That is what All Stars do. All Star is someone who is performing and doing well in the game of baseball at the moment. HOF is the extended career themed greatness.

July 5, 2013  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

If he's hitting 400+ at the all star break - some of these "veterans" need to get over themselves. Right now - he is an All Star and a face of MLB because of his presence and talent on the field. He is drawing fans. That is what All Stars do. All Star is someone who is performing and doing well in the game of baseball at the moment. HOF is the extended career themed greatness.

Have to disagree with you there, Lou. At this point, Puig has had one phenomenal month. It's been great to watch, but one month does not an All-Star make. If he proves that he can play like this over the course of a season, then he deserves to be an All-Star.

July 5, 2013  09:51 AM ET

All Star game is for fans. They want to see Puig.

They also wanted to see Cano over Pedroia, so go figure.

July 5, 2013  09:56 AM ET

Honestly! The all star squads are not an elite group by any means. There were 25 position players on the NL squad last year. There is a total 120 everyday position players in all of the NL ( maximum).

ONE in every FIVE of them will make the all star team. 20%. Really? one of every five players is an all star?

Who cares, let him play, a bunch of guys who are not all star caliber by any means will be playing. What is one more?

July 5, 2013  09:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Have to disagree with you there, Lou. At this point, Puig has had one phenomenal month. It's been great to watch, but one month does not an All-Star make. If he proves that he can play like this over the course of a season, then he deserves to be an All-Star.

Like all those veterans that get into the All Star game when fans wanted them - but there were players more deserving because of the season they were having? Or like winning the gold glove based on past performance?

July 5, 2013  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

All Star game is for fans. They want to see Puig. They also wanted to see Cano over Pedroia, so go figure.

One time in the 50s, Reds fans stuffed the ballot box and 7 of the starters were from their team. Ya could look it up.

July 5, 2013  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Honestly! The all star squads are not an elite group by any means. There were 25 position players on the NL squad last year. There is a total 120 everyday position players in all of the NL ( maximum).ONE in every FIVE of them will make the all star team. 20%. Really? one of every five players is an all star? Who cares, let him play, a bunch of guys who are not all star caliber by any means will be playing. What is one more?

Exactly - the All Star game is NOT the best players/veterans. It is fan favorites. With the coach having latitude to bring in others having great years even though the fans didn't vote them in.....

July 5, 2013  09:59 AM ET
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? Who cares, let him play, a bunch of guys who are not all star caliber by any means will be playing. What is one more?

Exactly.


Remember Willie Mays making the team when he could barely stand? It's a fans game. No matter what World Series nonsense is attached to it.

July 5, 2013  09:59 AM ET
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One time in the 50s, Reds fans stuffed the ballot box and 7 of the starters were from their team. Ya could look it up.

Don't need to - it was the years of the Big Red machine (70's also)..... I know - I was one of the "stuffers"......

July 5, 2013  10:04 AM ET
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Don't need to - it was the years of the Big Red machine (70's also)..... I know - I was one of the "stuffers"......

That 1957 all star team.

"Johnny Temple (2B), Roy McMillan (SS), Don Hoak (3B), Ed Bailey (C), Frank Robinson (LF), Gus Bell (CF), and Wally Post (RF), and the only non-Red elected to start for the National League was St. Louis Cardinals' first baseman Stan Musial."


And to think they used to play that game twice a year.

July 5, 2013  10:06 AM ET
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That 1957 all star team. "Johnny Temple (2B), Roy McMillan (SS), Don Hoak (3B), Ed Bailey (C), Frank Robinson (LF), Gus Bell (CF), and Wally Post (RF), and the only non-Red elected to start for the National League was St. Louis Cardinals' first baseman Stan Musial."And to think they used to play that game twice a year.

I remember that. Then they took away fan voting.

July 5, 2013  10:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Don't need to - it was the years of the Big Red machine (70's also)..... I know - I was one of the "stuffers"......

1975 - 4 Reds, 3 Dodgers, 1 Cardinal....
1976 - 5 Reds, 1 Dodger, 1 Met, 1 Phillies
1977 - 4 Reds, 2 Dodgers, 1 Phillies, 1 Pirate
1978 - 4 Reds, 2 Dodgers, 2 Phillies

Quite a stretch.....

July 5, 2013  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

That 1957 all star team. "Johnny Temple (2B), Roy McMillan (SS), Don Hoak (3B), Ed Bailey (C), Frank Robinson (LF), Gus Bell (CF), and Wally Post (RF), and the only non-Red elected to start for the National League was St. Louis Cardinals' first baseman Stan Musial."And to think they used to play that game twice a year.

This too......

July 5, 2013  10:11 AM ET

Maybe we can get this thread to roll over first?

July 5, 2013  10:12 AM ET

It would be nice to avoid any kind of a roll over on the A-Fraud thread

July 5, 2013  10:12 AM ET

Because he is a real putz.

July 5, 2013  10:12 AM ET

Someone I would not like to have associated with the grandeur of an FN TotD - no matter how slow it may be.

 
July 5, 2013  10:13 AM ET

Is anyone with me here? Rolling this one first?

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