With the Atlanta Braves' status as a mid-market team, it's tough enough for their players to get any recognition. Freddie Freeman already has an uphill battle in the All-Star Game Final Vote, but ESPN has officially tossed their hat in the camp of Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig.
— David O'Brien (@ajcbraves) July 7, 2013
For what is supposed to be a new source, not a publicity machine, that sure sounds like an endorsement. By the time of writing, they had changed the wording, but it wasn't much better.
He belongs? A guy who's played in 31 career games entering Sunday belongs over someone like Freeman, who entered Sunday with a .307 season average and has a .406 average with runners in scoring position, or like Dodgers teammate Adrian Gonzalez, who has hit 13 homers with a .296 average.
ESPN's attempt to get their boy Puig in the game was described by Fox Sports announcer Chip Caray as "pitiful" and Joe Simpson as "disgusting," citing that the game should be either a popularity contest or taken seriously for its World Series implications.
So, Braves fans can vote for Freeman via text message by texting "N2" to 89269 or by voting here as many times as desired.
By the way, Chipper Jones, who has already voiced his displeasure with Angel Hernandez this week, also had strong words.
Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Final Vote, Freddie Freeman, MLB, Yasiel Puig
@ajcbraves It surprise you that espn oversteps their boundaries? That's why I don't watch it anymore.
— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) July 7, 2013