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SBD/June 26, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Is MLB Missing Marketing Opportunity If Yasiel Puig Is Not Part Of All-Star Game?
Published June 26, 2013
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LET HIM PLAY! In Phoenix, Paola Boivin writes Puig “belongs in the Midsummer Classic,” as he has “everything that game demands: excitement, popularity and production that is good or better than his peers.” MLB should be “happy to have him in the mix,” as Puig is “must-see TV, which is what the All-Star Game needs after last season’s record-low ratings” (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 6/26). In California, Shad Powers writes if fans “consider the All-Star Game an exhibition to showcase the best and most popular players in the league, then Puig is a no-brainer.” Half of the country “probably has only heard about him and never seen him play.” The All-Star Game was “made for people like Puig.” Whether it is the “final five fan vote, manager’s choice, or injury replacement -- let Puig play.” If not, the All-Star Game “will not feature all the stars” (Palm Springs DESERT SUN, 6/26). L.A. Times columnist Bill Plaschke said, "The fans want to see this guy. It's unbelievable when he comes to the plate -- I've never seen anything like it -- and it will be that way at the All-Star Game. You need this guy on your All-Star team if you want to showcase a baseball talent" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 6/25). ESPN L.A.’s Mark Saxon wrote, “Plenty of undeserving big names have been voted onto the team by fans, even some who spent a big chunk of the first half on the disabled list. So, why shouldn't a player who is deserving … make it?” (ESPNLA.com, 6/25).