Originally Posted by SpiritofStLouis
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.
I think that is the primary point against it for him. It's been a month. While I agree that integrity and the AS game is an oxymoron, the question was should he be an All-Star Candidate? The question is not "will MLB be a slave to the MLB pop culture and cave in to accomodate the next great thing who actually timed his historic hot streak close enough to the AS game to make people seriously consider an ignorant stance?" If he had done this in April or May, then came back to earth in June, no one is even having the conversation.