Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Jonathan Papelbon: 'It's an absolute joke' if Yasiel Puig named All-Star


Los Angeles Dodgers sensation Yasiel Puig has baseball fans really excited after posting one of the greatest first months by a rookie in the history of baseball.

Naturally, it has also many fans campaigning for Puig to earn a nod in the upcoming All-Star Game, because who doesn't want to see a young, exciting, and talented player compete against the league's best?

Well, apparently not Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. He went on the air with MLB Network Radio and expressed his opinion on the matter. Namely, how "stupid" it would be if Puig actually was named an All-Star after just breaking into the major leagues.

“To me, it’s an absolute joke. It’s really kind of stupid if you ask me,”Papelbon said on MLB Network Radio, as he had trouble even saying Puig’s name correctly. “The guy’s got a month, I don’t even think he’s got a month in the big leagues, and just comparing him to this and that, and saying he’s going to make the all-star team, that’s a joke to me. It’s just really what happens in baseball when… to me it really does an injustice to the veteran players that have been in the game for eight, nine, ten plus years, and it kind of does them an injustice because they’ve worked so hard to stay there.”

This sounds like jealousy to me.

Papelbon, who is a nine-year veteran and five-time All-Star himself, has a right to be upset about a guy who has stole the spotlight in such a short amount of time, but doing so publicly is just silly.

Besides, the two could very well be teammates on the National League All-Star squad, assuming both earn their way onto the team, of course.

Papelbon is 2-0 with 15 saves and a 2.02 ERA this season.

Meanwhile, Puig is batting a ridiculous .436 with seven home runs and 16 RBI in 101 at-bats. It's not a huge sample size to go off of, and Puig is sure to regress over the next month or so, but you would be hard-pressed to find too many fans who don't think his numbers are impressive.

Except for Papelbon, apparently.

Via Hardball Talk

59 comments:

  1. hmmm, Papelbon made the all star game in his second season after appearing in 57 games and contributing to 79 innings of baseball. Was that a joke?

    Puig will have about 38 games by the all start break and way more innings due to playing full games.

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    1. Are you so ignorant as to be trying to compare the number of games for a pitcher to a player?

      Papelbon is right. Not because he is a rookie really...but NO player who plays less than half the first season should make the All Star Game.

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    2. Exactly! Besides, there aren't enough baseball fans in L.A. who can actually write. And then, to be able to spell Puig's name without scribbling as a write-in candidate. Not gonna happen. Papelbon's comments are safe.

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  2. Hate to double standard this but,Papelbon was a "shut down" closer in his second year.Puig,with as much of an impact as he's made,still will have played in less than 1/4 of a major league season by the all star break.And before you talk innings..With how the game is played now,position players and pitchers are totally different.I could however see Puig running away with ROY honors if he can keep up his production and stay in the "bigs" all year.

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  3. Hope the idiot doesn't get traded to the Dodgers. Keep your mouth shut while you play because it's a business - leave it up to the media and the game analysts. He should worry about getting his team to the playoffs.

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  4. Expect or except for Papelbon? Please correct your horrible grammar/usage.

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    1. Horrible grammar? It was one word, calm down yew douche

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    2. If that is all you have to contribute, maybe you should go away!

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    3. No you douche. Frickin' morons have no pride. If it's your job, then do it right or get out of the writing business - you douche! Half azz mentality is typical in this generation.

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    4. I would think someone who is criticizing someones grammatical incorrectness to possess the ability to express themsleves in a more articulate manner than what I have been exposed to by a quasi computer English professor.

      Just my opinion

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    5. I believe the word is "half-assed," not "half azz." Moron.

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  5. The all star game has been a joke for a while anyways,I haven't seen the leaders in the voting yet..but I'd be surprised if Jeter wasn't in the top 3 for SS.Fans shouldn't be voting,should be totally stats.It is the all star game,not the fan favorites game.

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    1. Totally agree,I've always hated seeing a guy get voted onto the all star team when they were on the DL for most of the 1st half(Matt Kemp 2012) or the times when an established star,with an average or sometimes below avg. 1st half beat out someone having a monster year but played for a smaller market team.

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  6. Papelbon is right..Puig doesn't deserve it this year,awesome player so far but,by the all star break he wouldn't have played 1/2 of the first half of the year.At least last year Harper and Trout only missed maybe a month of the year..I have no stats to confirm,but I'd bet in the history of the game there's been a lot of players that came up,made a huge impact like Puig then faded away within 2-3 yrs.

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    1. Exactly. Unfortunately, these clowns are so easily impressed by nothing.

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    2. Are you 2 kidding, You have no stats because there hasn't been a player since some guy named Joe Dimag.. something, Dimagigio (being sarcastic) started his rookie career. Where have your heads been??? Thats all the keep saying is that no one has had a better start than Puig since Joe did his rookie season. Now I am a Dodger fan and I know that it will be difficult to maintain this torrid pace but the fact of the matter is that he is doing it and has been for a month in the big leagues but he was tearing up major league pitching during spring training. During ST he was batting over .500 so every body knew he wasn't a fluke and this clown is impressed. The main fact is that he plays for the Dodgers and any other teams fans are going to hate, people are going to hate because he's Latin, he plays on the west coast... on and on. Bottom line is Papelbon is a player that gets paid to pitch, let the announcers comment on other players. If Puig was on the Phillies, I bet Papelbon would be supporting his team mate.

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  7. I know one player who definitely is not going..... Papelbon

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  8. Whether or not a player has 7 , 8 or 9 years under his belt has absolutely nothing to do with the current year and who gets selected in that year. It is about the year you're in now. Who cares about what someone did before. Noone should get more of a nudge because he has done it in the past. I do agree that 1 month is a bit too small a sample size to be talking all-star.

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    1. I completely agree it is based upon the year you are having. Puig is having a fantastic month but there are many I would vote for in front of him. One month does not earn you a spot. Dominic Brown (I am a Phillie fan) had a fantastic month of May but I still would not vote him in the top 7 or so outfielders.

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  9. Yea, why should they have a young star that might bring in a younger demographic to watch the sport that continually loses fans to the other sports in the country. Lets vote in old has beens that have as many hits all year as some funny named kid does in 8 weeks. That will lock in the MLB's future as far as growth is concerned. Sarcasm off.

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  10. Papsmear is just mad that his four blown saves in the last 3 weeks probably cost him his All-Star spot.

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  11. Now everyone is talking trash on Paps....The man just has an opinion...get off his case...at least he is saying something instead of the cookie cutter politically correct crap I'm always hearing

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  12. I've never liked Papelbon, especially when he was with the Red Sox and things still haven't changed as I still don't like him.
    But I have to agree with him. The media is all over this other kids nuts just because of what he's done which is not going to last. Soon, pitchers will get to know Puig and they'll adjust and he'll be another average player in the league. Even if he becomes a good player, it still wouldn't be right to overlook other players just because of what he's done in a small amount of at bats.
    Typical lousy media.

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    1. I agree to many vet. that have never been maybe their last chance that has never been in an ALL STAR GAME and they could tell their grandchildren when they retire.Puig has had a great month no doubt,but he is only 22 if he keeps playing half that good he will make the ALL STAR TEAM many times he has no problem. C.E.Y. AL.

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  13. Shane Spencer had an incredible 1st month and that was it. Pap is right, let's wait & see if he becomes an All-Star. But, now is too soon.

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  14. Pap = Papel-douche!!!

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  15. Puig is not yet an all star, not to say he can't become one . Right now I'd consider him a shooting star. Whether he burns out or remains is yet to be determined. Not an all star.

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  16. He is not an all star.He is a player that has had a few good weeks.

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  17. I think Pap should have kept his mouth shut but I don't think Puig belongs in the All Star game either. We had the same situation with Strasburg and he wasn't allowed either. Two months doesn't make an All Star as exciting as it may seem.

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  18. For everyone who thinks Puig shouldn't be in the All-Star Game, you just wait and see how many underachieving Giants Bochy takes. He took fat Panda a couple of years ago and he was hurt through most of the first half of that season. He put a dent in the rightfield wall yesterday in Denver - watch the video, it was to the off field. He only hit .500 in spring training. He's a beast - a 245 lb. athlete -the Dodger scouts gave him $42 million without seeing a game - just run, hit and throw.... face it, he's a strong man and he will piss on the baseball for a long time.

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    1. hey,that coach that has all these underachieving players seems to win championchips with "THOSE"underachieving players huh?????and besides most all of the coaches tend to do that anyway!!You have to win a championship to get this opportunity........Iwouldn`t question too much what he`s done,he`s won everywhere he`s coached and he took over some pretty bad teams........SanDiego and SanFrancisco and made them both winners.....we`ll see where the Dodgers end up in next few years????They have become the new NEW YORK YANKEES!!!!Trying to buy a championship!!!!!!Don`t see how they will pay this guy Puig if he remotely keeps his numbers up.They "ALREADY" have one of the highest salaries in baseball!!!!!!BASEBALL NEED A CAP ALREADY,ITS THE ONLY SPORT THAT DOESN`T........BTW-The Giants aren`t on the high side of the salary scale either,so i would say Bochy is pretty damned good coach..........Pitching wins and the Giants prove that.................


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  19. Papelboner is like a jealous little kid... except he's a 9 year vet.
    he's a has-been. and a hack

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  20. This kid is making history in baseball I bet all of you that after him the new coming players are going to try harder

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  21. Are we forgetting the All-Star game is about the fans? No real fan of baseball does not want to see Puig.

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    1. If it's all abouth the fans, why should the winning league get home field advantage in the WS? It should be about putting the absolute best PLAYERS on the field, not the fan favorites.

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  22. I love baseball at any rank,but this young Cuban is doing something that we do not see for a long time in the American baseball, for me he is an star no matter that is going or not to the All Stars Game

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    1. I like your thinking!

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    2. I love baseball as well. And as for Pap; we all have opinions that we are not proud of once it leaves our mouths. Puig is an amazing player with bad timing. If he would have been around for a few more months, we would not be having this conversation. What baseball needs to do is change the rules for the home-run derby and let the world see this kid hit a few 500 feet. As for the All-Star game, next year for sure....

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  23. Papelbon is kind of a dope...this is not news is it? So, just ignore him.

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  24. This kids has the potential to be an All Star for many years to come. That being said, He is not deserving of a place on the team this year. The sample size has to be longer to rationalize this in my opinion.

    Let's see how he does over the course of 500 at bats before declaring him the next Miguel Cabrera huh?

    Like it or not, the game of baseball is a marathon not a sprint. The way that we determine MVP votes, Cy Young winners etc are determined over the course of an entire season. If he had started the season on the Big League club, and had these numbers, I would feel differently.

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  25. forget all star. M.V.Puig!!

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  26. Did you say that he could get ROY if he stayed in the big leagues? He's staying alright and for a long time. He is a legit star and let him play. Harper needs rest so let Puig him take the baby face position in the line up.
    There's no tying baseball anymore. Put your best team out there and if you don't think he is one of the best players in the National League you don't know the difference between a double sub and double shift.

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    1. Maybe he is a legit star...but after ONE KMONTH he should not be an All Star.

      And please..don't embarrass yourself by acting like anyone who disagree with your EXTREMELY idiotic opinion on this doesn't know baseball. It is very clear that you have never played a sport in your worthless existence. (not a life...a wasted existence.) One month is not a season. Or even a half season. If he DOEs stay and does continue at this pace, then he will EARN his all star selection next year. But not ever 30 games.

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  27. Papelbon is right..in a way. Rookies that start the season and play it all the way to the All Star Break and have a good first half should absolutely get selected to the team. But someone who gets called up in JUNE should not. For that matter, even the best veteran...someone that has made the All Star team 15 years in a row, should not be selected to the All Star team if he sits out the first 2 months of the season for whatever reason.

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  28. It is an exhibition game. It is not Puig's fault that they have to put somebody from EVERY team on the roster. Correct me, but isn't the roster expanded to 32 players? What about the players that decline to play after getting millions of votes? AND, if it is SO important to win the All-Star game to get home field in the World Series...Doesn't Puig pinch-hitting late in the game give a .400 chance to win the game?

    I don't believe he should start, but he should be on the roster to keep the viewers watching into the late innings, to see what he might do.

    Finally, why does anybody care what Jonny Papelbon's opinion is on ANY subject? He is not relevant to the great game that he fails at, but still is blessed by God to be able to play!

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  29. Who is this guy to question anyone's qualifications for the all-star game? Right now, Puig is as good as it gets and excluding him from the game screws the fans. Is this sour grapes from crapalbon? sOUNDS LIKE IT TO ME.

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  30. It doesn't matter who said it. Use your head! 4-6 weeks should not make you even eligible for the All Star Team. Nobody is denying what Puig has done is All Star caliber but the fact is he hasn't done it long enough to be considered and All Star for this year, I don't care if he batted 1.000. To me it's so cut and dry it's idiotic to think the otherwise if you put all bias aside and be really honest with yourself.

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  31. This writer is a douche. Paps never said Puig's numbers "didn't impress him" only said it was stupid if he got a ASG nod. I disagree with Paps only because the ASG is a personality contest to begin with and SHOULD have the players that have been the rock stars in the first half. JMHO

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  32. Why not just put in the Hall of Fame now.

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  33. Back in the 1980-81 'Strike Shortened Season' Dodger Pitcher Fernando Valenzuela was selected the Starting pitcher of the ALL-Star game, and essentially also played in less that 1/2 of the 110 games that everyday starter & Team-mate Steve Garvey played in, this was because the Dodgers utilized a 4 man pitching rotation (maybe 5). Of course a normal full season is around 162 games, so hypothetically projecting Fernando's stats for that yr. he would possibly have finished with a 23-11 record with 1.60 ERA and 300 Strikeouts..instead of his actual stat. that yr,. of 13-7(W-L), 1.35 ERA and 180 strikeouts. So Fernandomania 'flourished'...that yr.

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  34. Papalbon is a complete jerk he was that in Boston and he just continues his nonesense in Philly. He better take care of his own game,he is on the downside of his career,get real. Puig is the real deal, the fans have the right to have Puig there or not. Mind your own business stick to pitching if you can.

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  35. I just want to know one thing ...Why wasn't he shipped back to Cuba after entering the U.S. illegally? Is there a double standard here? Hispanics from Mexico are shipped back on a daily basis.If you are good at something you get to stay ,if not so good back you go!!

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    1. Cuba is run by an ultra-repressive regime, and Cubans coming to the US are granted political asylum. Mexicans aren't. And I'm not a fan of Papelbon (and I hate the Phillies with a burning passion), but he's right. One month does not an All-Star make. If Puig stays healthy and produces anywhere near the level he's producing at now, he'll have plenty of All-Star appearances in the future, but give the roster spots this year to the guys who've had a great first half, not a great month.

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  36. "has stole" Really?

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  37. I'm happy Pap brought it up and I don't care that he's not going to the all star game. No other player had the (base) balls to speak up. Fan favorite or not, going to the all star game with one great month is a disgrace to baseball. Hope this kid continues to play at his current level and he'll be an all star for years to come.

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  38. I look at it this way. If the All Star game was solely for the fans, they vote solely who plays, I do not see a big problem letting Puig play. But since Selig decided to make the All Star game determine home field advantage in World Series, then I believe Puig hasn't played enough games to earn a spot in the All Star game. Just my 2 cents.

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    1. good point i didnt look at it that way.home field counts

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  39. you know everyone has to be a critic.the man is not going to fade out he,s a great player (fact 47 hits 27 games only one player has beat him joe dimaggio with 50) does he deserve to start in the all star game no,but if fans vote him in so what hes rock solid and would be fun to watch.imagine if he played the whole season he would probably shattered records.no one would be having this conversation.im an la fan if hes in so what if not no big deal next year you'll eat your words when hitting home runs of big mouth pitchers like pap.

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