Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has put himself in the same sentence as Joe DiMaggio with his monster month of June, but Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon doesn't seem too impressed.
Regardless of Puig's five runs and 7-for-16 showing at the plate he just had in four games against the Phils, Papelbon made one thing clear on MLB Network Radio on Tuesday: If Puig makes the National League All-star team after just one month in the league, it's more than just a mistake.
"It's an absolute joke," Papelbon said. "It's really kind of stupid if you ask me."
Puig, whose 44 hits last month was the second-highest total for a player’s first calendar month in MLB history behind only DiMaggio (48 in May 1936), has been on a torrid run through big-league pitching since he came onto the scene on June 3.
The Cuban outfielder has played just 27 games in a Dodgers uniform but possesses a .436 batting average with seven home runs and 16 RBIs. He also boasts a .467 on-base percentage and a .713 slugging mark.
But it's not that Papelbon has qualms about Puig's numbers.
"The guy's got a month -- I don't even think he's got a month in the big leagues," Papelbon said. "Just comparing him to this and that, and saying he's going to make the All-Star team, that's a joke to me."
Papelbon added that veterans with longer staying power within the league deserve the accolade of being selected instead of Puig.
"It's just really what happens in baseball when … to me it really does an injustice to the veteran players that have been in the game for eight-, nine-, 10-plus years," the closer said. "It kind of does them an injustice because they've worked so hard to stay there."