Why not ?
The whole premise of the game is a sham, from top to bottom. Using an exhibition game to determine home field advantage is patently absurd, as is forcing each team to be represented.
Even more egregious is allowing the fans have anything to do with the voting process when the stakes are so high. MLB practically encourages fans to stuff the ballot box, and allows fans to decide the last player on each league's roster.
I'm sorry, the fans have not earned the trust to empower them with such decisions. Sure, there are plenty of rational, informative and responsible voters, but what's the point ?
I've read the voting tallies, and for the most part they appear fair. But then I see that Derek Jeter is closing in on a million votes, although he hasn't played a game this season. I read where a contributor of a sports blog was delighting himself by voting for the AL players he considered the worst, so as to weaken the opposition.
You don't think two computer geeks out in Mendocino aren't having a contest to see who can register the most votes ? You don't think The Buster Posey Fan Club
isn't stuffing the ballot box ?
Which brings me to why I say to put him on the team. There are several reasons, but I'll start with the most important.
He's playing really good. As an NL backer, I want to have the best chance to win the game, since it means something. Sure, it's a small sample size, but I'll roll the dice. Puig on the bench suits me just fine.
MLB is in dire need for a ratings infusion. People = ratings. People will turn on the game to see a wunderkind. You don't think Miami's ratings will skyrocket if Puig is named to the team ?
MLB has deregulated the whole process, so who cares how many games a guy has played ? It's all about entertainment. If I was a casual fan, I might turn on the game just to see him take a hack.
All kind Bud has to do is send Joe Torre to Bruce Bochy's office, and it's a done deal. It's worked before, just look at the ratings when Fydrich was on the team. Yes, Fydrich was much more deserving, but that's not the point. A whole lot of people watched, that's the point.
To quote a dear friend
Shana, they bought their tickets. They knew what they were getting into. I say, let 'em crash!
Of the people, by the people, for the people.