Tonight, everyone will be watching the All Star roster selection show. Some players, like Yadier Molina and Miguel Cabrera, are locks to make their respective teams. Others, like Yasiel Puig, are being debated on weather they should make the team. And, I have kept my opinion on Puig pretty quiet, as I took a lot of thought into the question, "Should Yasiel Puig be an All Star?"
Yasiel Puig made his MLB debut just over one month ago (June 3, 2013), and he's succeeded to impress anyone who's a baseball fan. Now, Puig won the Player of the Month award in his first month in the big leagues, becoming the first to do so. With a .420/.449/.706 slash line, Puig's numbers are MVP-Caliber category. They are All Star numbers, no doubt. But, is this too small of a sample size to be able to make Puig an All Star?
In my definition, an All Star is a person who isn't only a good player for his team, but a player who is notable all over major league baseball. While, there are players who are notable and will not be making an appearance at Citi Field, All Stars should be players who go out every day and play the game the way it's supposed to be played.
Take Bryce Harper for an example. He crashed into a wall at Dodgers Stadium, trying to chase down a ball. He then played on his swelling knee for about two weeks, until he could barely walk anymore. He knew he was such a big part to his team that he came out every day and still tried to play his heart out. Harper has a heart of a true ballplayer, and as long as he continues to play hard, he should continue to get appearances in All Star games in the future.
But, does Puig play like Harper, or any other All Star for that matter? Many, including me, say yes. Yasiel Puig tries to be the best he can be. He makes tough plays look like routine plays. He works at it every single day, and for that, I think Puig should be an All Star.
Puig, like Harper, also got hurt running into an outfield wall. He also continued to play, showing his resilience, and fight. To me, those are the most important qualities of an All Star, and his numbers are an added bonus. Whether Bruce Bochy puts him on the team, however, is beyond my knowledge. But, if he does, my beliefs will be right, and Puig should do a great job representing the NL in the All Star game.