There is absolutely no denying that Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has had a crazy start to his major league career.
In 35 games, the 22-year-old Cuban right fielder has recorded a .394 batting average, eight home runs and 19 runs batted in and has stolen five bases. If he were to keep up this pace over a full 162-game season, his stat line would read something like 37 home runs, 87 runs batted in and 23 stolen bases. For a little context, compared to last year's statistics, those would have been good for second, 21st and 21st in the National League, respectively.
Not bad for a rookie.
His torrid start has resulted in a few outcomes, some good, some bad. The negatives include the backlash against him that has occurred throughout the league. The positives revolve around his candidacy for the NL All-Star team.
While it might seem ridiculous to consider someone who has only recorded a little more than five weeks under their belt as an All-Star, much less than half of the season thus far, there is certainly a case that could be made for Puig's candidacy, which includes arguments from B/R's Maxwell Ogden and Josh Schoch.
Let's take a look at how Twitter reacted to the news.
First off, I think it's sort of incredible that Puig didn't get voted in when he has someone like Samuel L. Jackson pulling for him. Amazing.
ESPN's Jayson Stark made sure to note how Freddie Freeman is known as one of the best huggers in baseball. As in one who hugs. A hugger.
What were the Vegas odds on @FreddieFreeman5 beating Yasiel Puig in that Final Vote? Looks like Puig should have done more hugging!— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 11, 2013
ESPN's Stats & Info crew made sure to do their homework on Puig, offering a couple of explanations for Puig's recent cooling off. Perhaps this is why Puig didn't end up making the team?
One reason for Yasiel Puig's recent slump? He's been swinging - and more importantly missing - a lot of pitches pic.twitter.com/rVKuFMGO4U— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 11, 2013
ESPN's Buster Olney seems to corroborate that data with a little of his own.
Evaluators say SF-Ariz. 1st teams to successfully adjust to Puig, who has 6 hits, 10 Ks last 23 ABs. Fastballs way in/up, soft stuff away.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 11, 2013
CBS's Gregg Doyel doesn't buy it.
Yasiel Puig won't play in the All-Star Game for lots of reasons, none that make any sense to me— Gregg Doyel (@GreggDoyelCBS) July 11, 2013
Neither does Sports Illustrated's Jay Jaffe.
However, after learning of the dual Toronto Blue Jays-Atlanta Braves partnership to get Freddie Freeman elected, I think this description is particularly apt.
In parenting terms, southeast just gave Puig a timeout.— Batting Stance Guy (@BattingStanceG) July 11, 2013
But I think we can all agree we're hoping for this to come true along with Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch.
Hoping for a one-hour SportsCenter special on why Dwight Howard is to blame for Yasiel Puig not making the All-Star Game.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) July 11, 2013
It seems that Terrell Owens was somewhat misinformed...
Let's check out some of the better fan reactions to Puig's rejection.
Yasiel Puig Is the Justin Bieber of Baseball http://t.co/6lQnJUWmpc— Kent Sterling (@KentSterling) July 12, 2013
Yasiel Puig left out of the all-star game for Freddie Freeman?? THANK YOU MLB (and Braves fans) for once again proving you just dont get it.— Shan Shariff (@NewSchoolSS) July 12, 2013
ESPN has no idea what to do now that Yasiel Puig didn't make the #FinalVote More Jeter highlights from 2001 ??— Eric (@EricTCU) July 12, 2013
Yasiel Puig being off the team is quite frankly less disappointing than Bryce Harper being on it.— Chuck Johnson (@prospect_pulse) July 12, 2013
Welcome to America Yasiel Puig, where we build you up just to tear you down twice as fast.— Chris Anders (@ChrisAnders42) July 12, 2013
This was Puig's reaction to finding out he didn't make it to the All-Star team.
Muchas gracias de todo corazon. Thank you from bottom my heart. Quiero agradecer a la mejor fanaticada del mundo. Thanks best fans in world!— yasielpuig (@YasielPuig) July 11, 2013
And lastly, ending on a true statement.
What does a #Dodgers fan do after seeing Yasiel Puig play in the All-Star Game? Turn off the Xbox and go to bed.— Josh Gralton (@gralton) July 11, 2013