By Joe McDonald at 6 July, 2013, 7:27 pm
The rosters for July 16's All-Star game at Citi Field were unveiled to the public Saturday evening on Fox, and already fans from coast-to-coast are abuzz with excitement and in some cases displeasure over the selections. You better believe we’ll be weighing in with our own thoughts over the next 10 days, and we may even throw in a challenge for the readers. For now though, here are just a few of our early thoughts on the rosters Jim Leyland and Bruce Bochy will be managing in New York.
(A more complete list of the rosters can be found here . Note: Rosters are subject to change... frequently.)
Yasiel Puig included in Final Vote: The most debated potential All-Star coming into the selection show, Yasiel Puig was not named by Bruce Bochy or voted by the National League players as one of the first 34 All-Stars. He will, however, appear on (and very likely win) the Final Vote for the National League. Why do I feel so confident about that?
Yasiel Puig highest number of write-in votes during 2013 All-Star ballot (842,915). Most write-in votes since Freddy Sanchez 856,685 in 06
— Maury Brown (@BizballMaury) July 6, 2013
He'll be joined on the ballot by Ian Desmond (Washington Nationals), Hunter Pence (San Francisco Giants), Freddie Freeman (Atlanta Braves) and teammate Adrian Gonzalez.
Personally, I wasn’t on board with the idea of Puig being an All-Star two weeks ago. It just felt too soon to make the argument, but his play has been historic. In just 30 games, the 22-year-old outfielder has collected 50 base hits. Only Joe DiMaggio and Roy Weatherly join him in that elite company. He was also named the National League Player of the Month for June, which is the same month he debuted. That’s a remarkable accomplishment, and even if you throw the numbers aside, his aggressive style of play and boundless energy make him a much needed attraction for the game. I’m all in.
The only question now is which candidate will Jonathan Papelbon stuff the ballot box for to help Puig off the team .