Dodgers’ Puig staying out of All-Star debate

Associated Press


Yasiel Puig is the National League player of the month for June, and it’s hard to argue with that one.

When it comes to the rookie outfielder making the All-Star team, that’s causing some debate.

The Los Angeles Dodgers phenom keeps setting records to start his career, winning NL player of the month on Wednesday to become the first player to capture the award in his inaugural month in the majors since it was started in 1958.

The 22-year-old slugger also captured the NL rookie of the month award by hitting .436 with seven homers and 16 RBIs in June. His 44 hits were a Dodgers rookie record for a month.

He’s been so sizzling at the plate that some are talking about putting him on the NL team for the All-Star game. The idea has sparked some conversation throughout baseball.

Philadelphia Phillies reliever Jonathan Papelbon recently aired his opinion in an interview with MLB Network Radio.

“To me, it’s an absolute joke,” Papelbon told the network. “The guy’s got a month.

“Just comparing him to this and that, and saying he’s going to make the All-Star team, that’s a joke to me.”

Puig takes it all in stride. He said recently through his translator that he really doesn’t care if he plays in the game.

“If the fans vote for me, that’s OK,” said Puig, who signed a $42 million, seven-year contract last summer.

Nothing Puig accomplishes on the field anymore really comes as a shock to Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, who has seen just about everything from the Cuban defector and simply expects it now.

No really, he does.

“You’re getting to be where you kind of expect him to do something all the time,” said Mattingly, who compares his slugger to a young Ken Griffey Jr. “If he doesn’t get a hit or get on base, you’re like, ‘What’s going on?’ It’s amazing.”

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