Originally Posted by traderumor
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.
I say yes, although I wouldn't use the term ignorant. No sport needs an infusion of juice more than MLB. Baseball has been blamed for being late to the party when it comes to marketing. Here's a golden opportunity to sell the product. They need to stop worrying about pleasing the die hard baseball fan and start tapping the 18-34 yr. old market.
It seems to me that the whole " has he played enough to be considered " argument is but another of MLB's unwritten rules. I could understand the argument if the game was strictly an exhibition, but since it counts for something, give me a guy who is raking now, not a household name who had a great month in May.
You are correct that if this had happened at a different time, the conversation would be moot. But it isn't a different circumstance, it's now.
Take integrity and tradition out of the equation, the game is a popularity contest and Puig is the most popular player right now.