The 2013 MLB All-Star Game is drawing near with voting closing on July 4. Fans need to cut through the hype and vote for the players who have earned those coveted All-Star roster spots.
The National and American League rosters won't be presented until July 6 on the 2013 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Taco Bell.
That doesn't mean that fans are just sitting and waiting though, as there are plenty of players who have fans talking.
One player who has taken baseball by storm this year is Yasiel Puig. While he has become the talk of baseball, it appears fans are split on whether he is an All-Star.
I don't think "should Yasiel Puig be an All-Star" should even be a question. The point is to win the game. Puig improves the NL's chances.— Eric Vander Voort (@EricVanderVoort) July 1, 2013
#baseballrant puig is a good player but he should not be an all star hes only played in 26 games. You cant send him based off 1 good month— Allen Beilke (@allen_b14) July 1, 2013
Yahoo! Sports' Nick Ostiller says Puig more than deserves All-Star status:
Not inviting Puig to compete in this year's All-Star Game after what we have seen from him this past month is unacceptable. His 44 hits since being promoted on June 3 are the most ever by a Los Angeles rookie in his first month and second-most all-time behind some guy named Joe DiMaggio.
It's kind of hard to argue the numbers on Puig. The rookie is hitting .436 with seven home runs and 16 RBI through his first 26 games.
The sample size is so small however, making it hard to say Puig deserves the spot over someone like Andrew McCutchen.
McCutchen is hitting almost .300 with nine home runs and 42 RBI over 78 games all while playing for the team with the best record in baseball.
Another player who has garnered a lot of attention recently is Michael Cuddyer.
Cuddyer is currently hitting .344 with 14 home runs and has 48 RBI yet isn't even in the top-15 in NL All-Star voting for outfielders.
This has confused many fans.
How Cuddyer is sporting an average over .340 yet nowhere to be found on the latest NL All-Star voting results is beyond me— Kyle Brasseur (@KyleBrasseur) June 26, 2013
Michael Cuddyer is hitting .350 and isn't in top 15 in NL OF All-Star fan voting. Are you kidding me? @MLB All-Star game voting is a joke— Matthew Fresquez (@MatthewFresquez) June 29, 2013
This is a perfect example of the flawed nature of fan voting for All-Star games.
A player like Cuddyer, who is having a career year at 34, should be a no-brainer for an All-Star roster spot. However, when fans see names like Bryce Harper or Ryan Braun they immediately select them based on name recognition.
Braun and Harper are both top vote-getters in the NL outfield but have both missed significant playing time due to injuries this year.
It's sad that some players who have put together spectacular seasons thus far get sidelined for the flashy name or latest trend. There is something to say about the guy who puts his hat on and goes to work everyday without causing a scene.
While there is still time left for players to make final pushes for roster spots, fans need to really look at who they are voting for.
Are you voting for the latest trend or for someone who really deserves that roster spot?
All stats, unless otherwise indicated, come from ESPN.com