Originally written April 09, 2013 on ChadMoriyama.com:
I like Yasiel Puig. I like him a lot, actually. I even ranked him as the top prospect in the Dodgers system for 2013. However, if you follow me on Twitter, most of what I tweet about him is sort of dismissive. That’s not because I’m not excited about him, but rather because he seems to make people incredibly stupid. For example, look at the tweets just from the last couple of days replying to Dylan Hernandez when he mentions Puig, and you can find **** like this: @dylanohernandez bench Kemp and put Puig in — Ryan Perez(@WreckItRyan) April 7, 2013 @dylanohernandez if only we had an outfield spot or two occupied by sorry ass players (Etheir/Kemp) where Puig could be plugged in to. — Herbie Verstinks (@HerbieVerstinks) April 7, 2013 Bench Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier after six games in 2013! Sounds like a rational plan! @dylanohernandez Can he play an infield position? — Julio Ojeda (@Julio_SportsFan) April 7, 2013 @dylanohernandez try 3B for Puig. — Monstarr (@rancimo) April 7, 2013 “Can he play positions in the major leagues that he’s never played before and never trained for?!” I mean … what? Hanley Ramirez is athletic and talented and has played shortstop in the MLB and MILB forever … and he’s still widely known by most everybody as a horrid defender. Fans can’t stand to watch his slow turns at second base or Dee Gordon throwing the ball away, but Puig? Well ****, he could do it, right? WHY NOT?! How hard could shortstop or third base be? Ugh. I would legitimately sooner try Adrian Gonzalez at third. It’s far less dumb. —– But those are just four examples and it doesn’t mean anything, right? Yeah, I wish. Feel free to Twitter search for him or just read the replies to mainstream writers whenever his name is brought up. You’ll be amazed by how insane some of the stuff is. Look, all prospects have promise, and, more than most, I get the excitement. But the Dodgers have had guys who jumped levels and showed flashes of an elite future before, most recently Rubby De La Rosa, but they have never generated anywhere near this type of excitement/delusion. So while Puig will likely produce in the majors, and he has star upside, what is it exactly about him that makes people lose their goddamn minds? Seriously though, as a meme, it’s entertaining, but people are getting serious about it and I have to implore you to please stop before anything short of a stellar MLB debut/Hall Of Fame career leads to people incessantly booing him … as if he was Kemp after an 0-4 outing in 2013 even after back-to-back .900+ OPS seasons.

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