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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 b...
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Cuban phenom Yasiel Puig has been the most interesting man in MLB this season. Part of Puig’s appeal has been the mystery surrounding him. He doesn’t speak English, so all of his quotes get washed through the translation machine, and since his quotes usually generate from the pre or postgame media scrum, they’re particularly vague and generic. Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes...
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig found himself back in hot water and back in the manager's office on Wednesday for what appeared to be a lack of game preparation -- or perhaps a lack of effort.
There was no direct explanation, but Puig was pulled after the fourth inning of the Dodgers' 4-0 win over the Chicago Cubs. The reason, he said, was a failure to prepare...
Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig was pulled from the fifth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Chicago Cubs because he “wasn’t ready on defense” for every pitch.
The 22-year-old told reporters he understood manager Don Mattingly’s decision to pull him from the game.
Puig said Mattingly pulled him because he wasn’t ready on defense for every pitch. Puig...
Maybe we should consider this the education of Yasiel Puig.
His and ours.
No Dodgers rookie has begun his career in a more electrifying manner -- or become more of a lightning rod for controversy. On Wednesday afternoon, we saw precisely how much he can affect a game, not by what he did on the field but by what he didn't do.
It's possible the exact reasons he was pulled...
During yesterday's game, Yasiel Puig was pulled in the fifth inning by manager Don Mattingly. There was some initial concern that he may have been hurt, but that was not the case. Instead, Puig was benched for disciplinary reasons.
According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Mattingly benched Puig for "effort," but neither he nor anyone else on the team would elaborate...
Yasiel Puig has been an outstanding player for the Los Angeles Dodgers since being called up in June, but he has also been immature and committed many small mistakes. His teammates have called him out for his poor fundamentals, such as not hitting the cutoff man on throws or making baserunning mistakes. On Wednesday, Dodgers […]
Hopefully, Major League Baseball can survive the affront to human decency that is Yasiel Puig.
We kid, of course, but hyperbole and Puig have gone hand in hand ever since the Los Angeles Dodgers phenom burst onto the scene in June. Within two weeks of his major league debut, Puig inspired comparisons to Joe DiMaggio and prompted a heated debate over whether his stellar month deserved...
Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig found himself back in hot water and back in the manager's office on Wednesday for what appeared to be a lack of game preparation -- or perhaps a lack of effort.
There was no direct explanation but Puig was pulled after the fourth inning of the Dodgers' 4-0 win over the Chicago Cubs. The reason he said was a failure to prepare defensively in right...
Don Mattingly had no choice.
Mattingly’s handling of Cuban phenom Yasiel Puig has been one of the most polarizing topics of the baseball season, with the most recent buzz coming Wednesday when Mattingly benched Puig before the fifth inning of a game against the Cubs. Wednesday’s decision once again opened up the debate over whether or not Mattingly is pulling the right strings...
Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig and former MLB manager Tony LaRussa went head to head on Thursday but not in the way you think. The two faced off in a game of ping pong at a tournament hosted by Clayton Kershaw to benefit his nonprofit foundation. From the photos it looks like these two were really into it too.
Hopefully LaRussa gave him a little advice about baseball as...
Hear from Dodgers manager Don Mattingly after he pulls Yasiel Puig
from a game.
The biggest thing to keep an eye on over the last month will be the spoiler teams that are completely out of the playoff race but are playing good baseball lately, and have plenty of games left against contenders.
On this episode of "Dugout Blues," Jared Massey (Dodger Diamond) and I talk about all things Dodgers as they march toward the National West Division title after an unexpected, unscheduled week off (thanks, Jared).
Ricky Nolasco was fantastic on Wednesday and has been flat-out great in his last two starts. Looks like that trade is working out pretty well for the Dodgers...
With a little over a month to play, there are no questions as to who will be in the playoffs in the National League. The five teams are more or less set, with three teams battling for a division and the two wild card spots. The Dodgers have a 9.5 game lead. The Braves have a 13 game lead over the Nationals. And then there is the NL Central, where the Pirates, Cardinals and Reds are...
LOS ANGELES On June 21, the Dodgers were an injury-ravaged ballclub, floundering toward the abyss with a 30-42 record.
The team had a payroll of over 200 million and a turnaround seemed impossible or at least improbable. The team that was chosen by many pundits to represent the National League in the World Series was in danger of playing out the string for the entire second half...