July 6, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Puig stands on deck during the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants (

Dusty Not Backing Puig for All-Star Game?


Jun 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Baker in the dug out during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park. (Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports)

When the All-Star teams were announced the other day, there were notable omissions in both the American League and the National League. Reds fans were disappointed that there were not mentions of Jay Bruce or Shin-Soo Choo to the NL squad, and we could go all day on perceived “All-Star snubs”.

Of course, the one name that has cropped up a lot as of late has been that of Los Angeles Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig. While Puig was not among the announced NL team, he is one of the five NL players vying for the fans “Final Vote”. As of this morning, Puig was slotted in second place behind Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman in “early returns”.

Doesn’t sound like Reds skipper Dusty Baker endorses Puig.

“I think it’s sort of turned into a marketing thing. We [the managers] have a vote. I try to vote not for the names but who deserves it,” Baker said. “There are times I didn’t make it because I didn’t have a good first half. I wasn’t a good first-half player. That’s what this is about. … It just kind of looks like a marketing, money thing.”

“He’s been great so far,” [Jay] Bruce said of Puig, who was hitting .420 with eight homers and 19 RBIs before the Final Vote was announced. “I think there are guys that are more deserving. Now it’s for the fans to vote him in or not. There is no question he has had an amazing month in the Major Leagues.”

- Dusty Baker on Yasiel Puig (from Mark Sheldon)

One month as Jay said. I will say that it has been an amazing month.

But does one month make a player an All-Star? I don’t think it does, don’t think it ever has.

What do you think makes an All-Star?

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  • JD Rentz

    Great piece, Steve. 100% agree with Dusty. Thumbs way up.

  • Alan Shemper

    Dusty likely fears that Puig will clog up the bases. Can’t have that.

  • Cliff@RedsToTheBone

    Dusty is absolutely right. There is no way a man should be on the All-star squad with one month in the biggies. Doesn’t matter if he were batting .650 with 18 HR, he just doesn’t belong. I have never heard the man’s name said out loud so I don’t even know how to pronounce it.