Originally Posted by traderumor
I think the most compelling argument is if he makes the team in place of a deserving player who has been at it for at least the first half of the season. Rookies are always a tough sell for the AS game
Unless people go nuts with the ballot box (which is indeed possible), the only way he makes the team is to be picked by Bochy or get nominated and win the fan vote for the last roster spot.
I see your point, but Puig has arguably been one of the best players in the NL over the last month. He can hit, run and throw, so he could be useful coming off the bench.
However, MLB is more concerned with the viewership than the roster. The idea of the phenom is too juicy for them to pass up. The difference between a decent overnight rating and a great one is getting the casual fan to watch.
Puig is the number 1 story in baseball right now, give the fans what they want. If another player gets screwed, so be it. It happens all the time.
Revenue or integrity ? We know where the league sits.