Re: Should Puig be an all-star candidate?
This debate reminds me of Chris Sabo's rookie year. He started his MLB career on fire -- hot enough to make the all-star game as a rookie -- but was terrible after the all-star break. So, looking back, as great as Sabo seemed the first half of his rookie season, he never captured the attention of the country the way Puig has. If you don't hold the games played argument against Puig, his "first half" has been more impressive than Sabo's first half was in '88.
Will Puig drop off after the break the way Sabo did? Maybe, maybe not, but as of now, he deserves a spot. If the objective is to win the game, and you consider if NL pitchers haven't figured him out yet, how could AL pitchers do it in one night, then he needs to be there.
"I talked to an advance scout that told me if Joey Votto and Albert Pujols were on the same team he'd advise his team to do the unthinkable...pitch around Votto to get to Pujols." - Buster Olney, ESPN