Papelbon calls Puig All-Star Consideration ‘a Joke’; Olney Doesn’t Get It

The media has spent a lot of time covering whether Dodgers rookie phenom Yasiel Puig should be selected by Manager Bruce Bochy for the National League All-Star Team. Detractors say Puig has only played 26 games in the big leagues and hasn’t put in enough time, while others argue that Puig, who in the first month of his major league career, batted.436 with seven home runs and 44 hits, absolutely deserves a spot on the roster.

We at ViralRead are playing Switzerland on the issue as we see both sides, but there are many who have strong opinions on the topic. One impassioned argument comes from Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. Papelbon, a five time All-Star, called the thought of including Puig, ”an absolute joke.” In an interview with MLB Network Radio, Papelbon said:

“To me, it’s an absolute joke. It’s really kind of stupid if you ask me. The guy’s got a month, I don’t even think he’s got a month in the big leagues, and just comparing him to this and that, and saying he’s going to make the All-Star team, that’s a joke to me. It’s just really what happens in baseball when … to me it really does an injustice to the veteran players that have been in the game for eight, nine, 10 plus years, and it kind of does them an injustice because they’ve worked so hard to stay there.”

While Papelbon is certainly qualified to have an opinion, ESPN baseball analyst Buster Olney points out that perhaps Papelbon should not be the arbiter of what is a joke and what is not when it comes to All-Star selection requirements:

We await Papelbon’s crazy death stare in response.


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