Here's another vote for Yasiel Puig to make All-Star Game

The Dodgers rookie phenom is the biggest thing going in baseball. His place should be front and center.
by Jenni Carlson Modified: July 11, 2013 at 10:00 am •  Published: July 10, 2013
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Baseball must have some sort of death wish.

What else should we think when we've got a relief pitcher and a broadcaster and other baseball types saying Yasiel Puig has no place in the All-Star Game?

No place?

His place should be front and center.

The Dodgers rookie phenom is the biggest thing going in baseball. Every time he plays, he does something that makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck. He throws out base runners from the warning track. He smacks hits that scream through the Los Angeles night.

Through Tuesday night's game, Puig was hitting .407 with eight homers and 19 RBIs.

But there are some who say he shouldn't be in the All-Star Game because he hasn't been in the big leagues long enough, that he hasn't paid his dues.

Clowns.

Luckily, the luddites have a chance to be overruled by folks who can save baseball from itself — the fans.

The final spots in the All-Star Game will be awarded based on fan voting. As of Wednesday afternoon, Puig was running a close second to Atlanta's Freddie Freeman in the National League balloting.

Voting ends Thursday at 3 p.m.

I've already voted for Puig.

The Dodgers are doing what they can to get lots more people to do the same. The team is hosting voting parties around Los Angeles to give the Puig a push. Fans get together during Dodgers games, watching the broadcast while casting votes for Puig on their phones, laptops and tablets.

Fans can vote as many times as they want, so folks at the parties are clicking on Puig's name as fast as they can.

They've seen what he can do, after all.

In case Dodgers games come on a little too late for you — those West Coast start times are a bear — do yourself a favor and check out some of Puig's highlights on YouTube. When you type in his name, the predictive mode kicks in and spits out things like “Puig mania” and “Yasiel Puig makes ridiculous throw”.

That second one is no lie.

On June 3, Puig made his major league debut, and he ended the game against the Padres with a double play like you've never seen before. He caught a fly ball on the warning track, then threw a strike to first base to double up a base runner.

It was a sign of the greatness to come.

That night he threw out the runner at first, there were thousands of empty seats in L.A.

Less than a week later, when he made another amazing throw to peg a runner at third, those same stands were packed. People in Los Angeles know a thing or two about good entertainment.

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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