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Yasiel Puig not an All-Star? Time for a do-over
Yasiel Puig wasn't voted into the All-Star Game as a starter by the fans. He wasn't picked as a reserve by NL manager Bruce Bochy or though the players' vote. He was selected to be a candidate for the final vote, but lost out to Atlanta's Freddie Freeman. So when the All-Star Game came to Citi Field, the Puig circus was not in tow.
Boy was that a missed opportunity.
At the time, Puig was a sensation, but had only been exciting spectators for little more than a month. It's now been over two months...and he may be getting better. Puig has started walking. His defense in right field is often as exciting as his offense (See: Marlon Byrd at third base, throwing out).
And had Puig been voted into the All-Star Game, the numbers, even now in August, would have made him a valid selection. Heading into Thursday's games, Puig has a higher Wins Above Replacment than eight NL All-Stars, including two who started in the outfield, four total outfielders and the man who won the final vote, Freeman. His 3.0 WAR is tied with another All-Star, Everth Cabrera, who was suspended for his involvement with Biogenesis.
Puig, of course, leads all of those peers despite having anywhere from 60-200 less plate appearances than they did.
Here's how Puig stacks up with several of the players who made the All-Star team over him:
|Plate appearances||Average||On-base percentage||Slugging percentage||Home runs||Wins Above Replacement|
|Yasiel Puig, RF, Dodgers||272||.368||.430||.583||11||3.0|
|Carlos Beltran, RF, Cardinals||441||.303||.341||.512||20||1.8|
|Bryce Harper, LF, Nationals||336||.262||.359||.503||17||2.0|
|Michael Cuddyer, RF, Rockies||399||.324||.388||.539||17||1.8|
|Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Pirates||442||.236||.296||.484||29||2.3|
|Domonic Brown, LF, Phillies||438||.277||.324||.541||27||2.4|
|Everth Cabrera, SS, Padres||435||.283||.355||.381||4||3.0|
|Allen Craig, 1B, Cardinals||486||.317||.370||.460||11||2.3|
|Marco Scutaro, 2B, Giants||446||.303||.358||.378||2||2.2|
|Freddie Freeman, 1B, Braves||463||.301||.389||.474||14||2.8|