Major League Baseball announced the rosters for the upcoming All-Star Game over the weekend and only one Atlanta Braves player earned a selection. However, Braves first basemen Freddie Freeman still has a chance to become the second Atlanta player to be named an All-Star through the "Final Vote" process. But he will have to beat out emerging Los Angeles Dodgers superstar Yasiel Puig to do so. And that has several Braves players really upset about the whole ordeal.
Veteran pitcher Tim Hudson was one who expressed his displeasure about the voting process with Dave O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution and called the whole voting process unfair.
“I think it’s B.S. … I mean, it’s pretty obvious what players certain media outlets want to have plugged in. It’s pretty obvious. You have young, exciting players – and they are that. I’m not saying they don’t deserve to have the opportunity to be in there, but these guys that are competing with them to get these last couple of spots, they’re just as deserving. It’s not fair. The whole fan vote thing, I think is obnoxious. I mean, the starting players in the All-Star game are determined by fans who can plug any players they want in there, and it determines home-field advantage for the World Series. The World Series!
“It’s not fair. At all.”
Teammate Dan Uggla doesn't think Puig is deserving of an All-Star nod, either.
“Nobody has a chance” against Puig for that spot, Braves second baseman Dan Uggla said. “He’s been getting covered since he broke in. And he should be getting covered; he’s an exciting story. But should he make the All-Star team? No, not this year. But he’s going to make it. Which sucks for Freddie and other (Final Vote) guys, because they’ve been doing it the whole year.”
Count third basemen Evan Gattis as a critic of Puig, as well.
“I don’t think anybody deserves it for a month,” Gattis said of the All-Star talk. “Even though fans do want to see him play, that’s good for baseball and everything, but I don’t think anybody deserves it after one month. I don’t think I deserved it.”
Hudson does have a point about the game determining homefield advantage in the World Series. Something as important as that probably shouldn't be left up to a fan vote when determining who starts and who doesn't.
On the other hand, Hudson becomes yet another veteran player who has complained about the rising popularity of Puig, who has taken the league by storm in the past five weeks. Yes, Puig may very well steal a roster spot away from another deserving, but the fact remains that this sort of situation happens every season.
Fans want to see Puig participate in the game and that should be all that really matters. After all, the game has and always will be a festive event for the fans. Sadly, even if the game plays a key role in shaping the format of the World Series.
For the record, Freeman held a slight edge over Puig in the Final Vote as of Monday morning. So, maybe Puig gets denied a trip to the Midsummer Classic, anyway.
Via Hardball Talk