This was coming. And frankly, what happened Wednesday might be the best thing for Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly had talked to Puig, his coaches had talked to Puig and, in recent days, a number of the team's veterans had talked to Puig.
Their message still was not getting through.
So, Mattingly yanked Puig at the start of the fifth inning of the Dodgers' 4-0 win over the Chicago Cubs. And while Mattingly did not disclose the reason for Puig's benching, it clearly was a disciplinary move.
A number of statistical analysts howled last week at the notion of benching Puig, noting that his various mistakes paled in importance to his overall contribution.
True enough -- and beyond that, Puig, 22, still is adapting to a new country and new culture. He defected from Cuba only last year, and now he's a burgeoning star in Los Angeles with a seven-year, $42 million contract.
Still, the idea here is very simple -- to help Puig become the best p...