In a move that comes as a major surprise, Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers was not selected to the 2013 All-Star Game as the National League representative of the Final Vote.
Instead, Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman joins the NL roster, while Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Steve Delabar will join the AL squad.
MLB Public Relations had the news via Twitter:
Freeman is hitting .307 with nine home runs and 56 RBI this season. Those numbers, combined with a passionate following in Atlanta, were enough to earn him a spot on Bruce Bochy's NL team.
Meanwhile, Delabar has made 37 relief appearances for Toronto this season, striking out 57 and managing a 1.74 ERA in the process.
Despite being called up on June 3, Puig was considered a heavy favorite entering the Final Vote. He cracked four home runs in his first five contests and finished his first month with the Dodgers hitting .436 with seven home runs and 16 RBI.
Not surprisingly, he was named the National League Player and Rookie of the Month for June, the first rookie to win both honors in his first month.
His inclusion would have been controversial to some, given his short stint in the majors. But the fans have spoken and Freeman's popularity won out.
Freeman also beat out the Washington Nationals' Ian Desmond, the Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez and the San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence.
Delabar earned the final spot over Joaquin Benoit of the Detroit Tigers, David Robertson of the New York Yankees, Tanner Scheppers of the Texas Rangers and Koji Uehara of the Boston Red Sox.
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