MVPs of the Weekend (July 25, 26, 27, 2014): Yasiel Puig, Clayton Kershaw and Carlos Santana

Yasiel Puig, Clayton Kershaw and Carlos Santana are the MVPs of the weekend. A special mention should go to Puig, who had THREE TRIPLES AND A DOUBLE on Friday. That’s impressive. Amazingly, this is his first MVP of Yesterday of the season.

Standings, as always, after the jump:

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Yasiel Puig and the ASG: The fix is in

I can see both sides of the arguments about Yasiel Puig being an all-star or not. However, I think that it’ll ultimately be a moot point: Yasiel Puig will be at the All-Star Game, barring injury or he himself refusing an invite.

Oh, he probably won’t be amongst the initial people named this coming weekend. Instead, one of the backup ways for him to get in will come into play:

  1. The Final Vote, which allows fans to vote for one of five snubbed players in each league. Puig would, barring a team like the Giants or Cardinals running a gigantic get-out-the-vote campaign (always a possibility), run away with the NL voting.
  2. Injuries. Without fail, at least a few All-Stars get hurt or decide not to take part due to pre-existing (but not serious) injuries. These would provide more opportunities for Puig to join.
  3. Guys just skipping. Although it isn’t as common as in games like the Pro Bowl, there are also usually a few players who just respectfully decline an invite, saying they want their rest or that their hamstrings are bothering them or whatnot. This usually more happens when it’s in a city without a good party scene or big-time recognition, so it’s likely that it is less likely this season with it being in New York City… but it could still happen. And if enough guys just pass on the ASG, then there are more spots to put in Puig.
  4. If all else fails, behind-the-scenes wrangling. It’s a dirty secret, but then again it’s hardly a secret at all: Major League Baseball will do everything within it’s power to get their biggest individual story to take part in the All-Star Game. And Yasiel Puig is the biggest individual story so far this year, especially since Evan Gattis got hurt. It could come by way of MLB execs whispering over Bruce Bochy‘s shoulders, it could come as a special dispensation to just have him show up, like how Tony Gwynn was added to the 2001 All-Star Game (but didn’t play). But if all else fails, Puig will be added to the National League team.

Got all of that?

Read this story on the first Americans to meet Yasiel Puig

Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan has the story of the first Americans to meet Yasiel Puig and get his autograph… the twist being that they were Coast Guard sailors who had foiled a defection attempt.

Read it. It’s good.

MVP of Yesterday (June 24, 2013): Yasiel Puig

Hang on, this can’t be right. Yasiel Puig is the MVP of Yesterday after going 3-4 with a HR and 2 RBIs. That means he now has been MVP of Yesterday three times… despite not even having played a month’s worth of games yet.


Standings, as always, after the jump:

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MVP of Yesterday (June 6, 2013): Yasiel Puig, again

He is not human. Yasiel Puig has hit the league by storm with such force that some are likely not yet aware he has arrived, and yet last night he had two hits, one of them a Grand Slam.

Puig-Mania. Catch it.

MVP Standings after the jump:

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MVP of Yesterday (June 5, 2013): Yasiel Puig

With apologies to John Mayberry Jr. and Stephen Drew, the MVP of Yesterday goes to newly called up rookie sensation Yasiel Puig, who went 3-4 with two homers and five RBIs in just his second game with the Dodgers.

MVP Standings, as always, below the jump:

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