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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 in regards to the controversial outfielder, but in reality, benching Puig was the safest decision, best decision and only decision worth considering.
In the wake of Puig’s benching, some statistical gurus pointed to the 22-year-old’s impact, with the message being, “The Dodgers are better with Puig on the field.” Well, yeah. That’s obvious with a simple eye ball test. If Mattingly didn’t bench Puig at some point amid the outfielder’s continuous lapses in judgment, though, the Dodgers skipper would have run the risk of screwing with an entire clubhouse dynamic.
No one is disputing that the Dodgers are better of...
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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...
Los Angeles Dodgers rookie outfielder Yasiel Puig (photo credit: Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY-Sports)
After playing only four innings and being benched in the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday afternoon game against the Chicago Cubs, Yasiel Puig responded with four hits, moving his multi-hit game tally to 33, and also added two stolen bases for good measure on Friday night as the Dodgers...
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...
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 […]
LOS ANGELES Whatever turmoil may have taken place with the Dodgers this week ended the moment Yasiel Puig ran from the dugout to right field in the top of the first inning on Friday.
Everything went back to normal for the Dodgers -- in every possible way.
Puig had four hits, Adrian Gonzalez hit two home runs, pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu won his 13th game, and the Dodgers well, they...
Yasiel Puig learned what happens when he breaks his dive with his penis.
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...
It is baffling that folks still think it is a smart idea to test Yasiel Puig’s arm. The latest victim of the Puig cannon was Rene Rivera who tried to score on an Andrew Cashner’s single. The result was what you would expect it to be.
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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...
Yasiel Puig had four hits and two stolen bases after getting benched in his previous game, and Adrian Gonzalez hit a pair of two-run homers to help the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 9-2 on Friday night.
The teams met for the first time since a four-game series at San Diego in June, when the Dodgers lost the first two and fell a season-worst 9 1/2 games behind Arizona...
The glory of the good ol’ days when baseball cards were used as a form of currency, bartering with buddys and classmates to collect the whole batch or just trading away your whole collection for that one Don Mattingly card you couldn’t get your hands on. Well get read to relive the glory days with TOPPS Baseball Archive Prints, large print cards from the 70′s, 80′s and...
After center fielder Matt Kemp went hitless in his first eight minor league at-bats -- with one ball out of the infield -- Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said Kemp might be asked to continue his rehabilitation assignment beyond Sunday.
Kemp is expected to be the designated hitter for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday and Sunday. Mattingly said Kemp has not reported any discomfort...
I’ll be honest, I’m slacking. I’ve been watching college football all day. There wasn’t a lot of baseball on. And NCAA football is the perfect backdrop to doze off to – I’m exhausted from staying up late watching Yasiel Puig slash four hits against the Padres out in Los Angeles like he did last night.
Saturday is the best day of the week and no longer belongs to solely...
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.