I firmly believe that Adrian Gonzalez has done enough to earn a spot on the National League All-Star team, but at the same time I think it would be great for the Cuban sensation Yasiel Puig to go to New York, as well.
What should I do?
As you probably already know, Clayton Kershaw was selected to join his 3rd consecutive All-Star game, but there was one glaring omission. Our consistently great 1st baseman Adrian Gonzalez was left off. As a way of rectifying this, he was made a National League Final Vote candidate.
Five players from each league are on a special fan ballot. The player with the most votes in each league is given the final roster spot for the All-Star game.
Unfortunately, another Dodger is also on the Final Vote roster. Our Cuban savior, Yasiel Puig, is also a candidate. So, the Dodgers have 2 players in the All-Star fan election, and only one person can go. Considering the burgeoning popularity of Puig, I think it's safe to say he'll outpace AGon. Still, I wish both of them could go. Hopefully, this dual candidacy doesn't effectively split the Dodger fan vote and cause one of the other 3 candidates to get an All-Star berth.
Go here to vote, and be sure to vote often.
From a Dodgers press release:
Gonzalez and Puig were among the five players selected for the final vote and fans can vote an unlimited number of times between now and 1:00 p.m. PT on Thursday, July 11 online at Dodgers.com or mlb.com/vote and on mobile devices. To vote via mobile device, fans can text N3 to 89269 to vote for Adrian Gonzalez and text N5 to 89269 to vote for Yasiel Puig. The other candidates are Washington’s Ian Desmond, Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman and San Francisco’s Hunter Pence.
The Dodgers have had three previous players selected for the final vote with Nomar Garciaparra (2006), Matt Kemp (2009) and Andre Ethier (2011). Garciaparra earned the 2006 All-Star selection via the final vote, while Ethier eventually earned the All-Star nod as an injury replacement.
Here is a Final Vote video introducing both Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig.
This is a must see. Here is a great MLB video explaining why you should vote for Puig. It's hilarious.
Pic at very top via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2013
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