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2013 MLB All-Star Game: Twitter Reacts After Yasiel Puig Gets Denied

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2013 MLB All-Star Game: Twitter Reacts After Yasiel Puig Gets Denied
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There is absolutely no denying that Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has had a crazy start to his major league career.

In 35 games, the 22-year-old Cuban right fielder has recorded a .394 batting average, eight home runs and 19 runs batted in and has stolen five bases. If he were to keep up this pace over a full 162-game season, his stat line would read something like 37 home runs, 87 runs batted in and 23 stolen bases. For a little context, compared to last year's statistics, those would have been good for second, 21st and 21st in the National League, respectively. 

Not bad for a rookie.

His torrid start has resulted in a few outcomes, some good, some bad. The negatives include the backlash against him that has occurred throughout the league. The positives revolve around his candidacy for the NL All-Star team.

While it might seem ridiculous to consider someone who has only recorded a little more than five weeks under their belt as an All-Star, much less than half of the season thus far, there is certainly a case that could be made for Puig's candidacy, which includes arguments from B/R's Maxwell Ogden and Josh Schoch.

However, that speculation is now over. Alyson Footer of MLB announced earlier today that the last NL All-Star roster spot would be given to Atlanta Braves first basemen Freddie Freeman.

Let's take a look at how Twitter reacted to the news.

First off, I think it's sort of incredible that Puig didn't get voted in when he has someone like Samuel L. Jackson pulling for him. Amazing. 

ESPN's Jayson Stark made sure to note how Freddie Freeman is known as one of the best huggers in baseball. As in one who hugs. A hugger.

ESPN's Stats & Info crew made sure to do their homework on Puig, offering a couple of explanations for Puig's recent cooling off. Perhaps this is why Puig didn't end up making the team?

ESPN's Buster Olney seems to corroborate that data with a little of his own.

CBS's Gregg Doyel doesn't buy it.

Neither does Sports Illustrated's Jay Jaffe.

However, after learning of the dual Toronto Blue Jays-Atlanta Braves partnership to get Freddie Freeman elected, I think this description is particularly apt.

But I think we can all agree we're hoping for this to come true along with Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch.

It seems that Terrell Owens was somewhat misinformed...

Let's check out some of the better fan reactions to Puig's rejection.

Ouch.

This was Puig's reaction to finding out he didn't make it to the All-Star team.

And lastly, ending on a true statement.

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