Seems to be a hot topic amongst baseball aficionados these days. What do you guys think?
+1The All Star Game is an EXHIBITION. It is meant as a showcase for the sport to the fans. It is not a game of any consequence at all... Oh wait... Scratch that, **** you Selig. Then again... with the game counting for something, wouldn't it make TOTAL SENSE for the National League to want their hottest hitter on the team?
This is all about home field advantage in the World Series now, and Yasiel Puig is a red hot sensation, fans are all about him, and he's got a great story. There's no reason not to put him on the roster right now. He hasn't come "back to Earth" yet.
On top of that: go back my first point. The INITIAL ASG was held at the Worlds Fair as an exhibition for the sport. We give it value, counting ASG appearances like they really matter across a player's career. Its a neat achievement, but what this really is is a huge exhibition. Showcase the best stories, the ones the fans want to see.
So lets showcase Yasiel Puig.
I would have found a way to get Lin in the NBA All-Star game, no doubt about it. He was the most popular thing in the sport for a significant stretch of the fraction of the season that's considered for the All-Star ballot. You're not giving him an MVP, you're putting him in a show that doesn't count towards your record and is basically a show the sport puts on for it's fans. Why wouldn't you want the most popular thing in the sport showcased in some capacity in your biggest event? It's pretty simple marketing, and as long as it's something reserved for special moments, I have no problem with it.So... for those saying Puig should play... should the NBA have let Jeremy Lin play in the '11-'12 all-star game?
The problem is that we actually do assign some value to all-star games when we're assessing a players legacy. If I was Deron Williams or Rajon Rondo (or one of their fans) I don't know how crazy I'd be about getting sent home from an all-star game, something that could make a difference in my paycheck, endorsements, my legacy, my hall of fame chances, for what could end up being a flash-in-the-pan.
I guess I think of it this way - if Yasiel Puig is really the real deal, then he'll get his turn to play in the all-star game... if he isn't, then I don't think we'd want him in because of a hot 25-30 game stretch.
From a marketing standpoint if I was MLB I would throw him on the last fan-vote poll thingy and let him get in that way.