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Yasiel Puig fined Tuesday for arriving late to Marlins Park

Aug 20, 2013, 6:22 PM EDT

We can just go ahead and do this in tweet form. Here’s Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times:

About 30 minutes later came news of the fine, from beat writer Ken Gurnick of

Puig is not in the Dodgers’ starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Marlins, but that was announced before the late arrival and has more to do with Puig’s recent struggles at the plate than anything else.

The 22-year-old Cuban is batting .171/.231/.257 with 10 strikeouts over his last 39 plate appearances.

  1. coryeuc - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Wonder how this helped…

    • yahmule - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:57 PM

      Matt Kemp demonstrating that there are all kinds of leadership.

      • Jeff M. - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:29 PM

        How *dare* Puig. I’ve never been late to work. Ever.

        Never, ever.

  2. nogoodtomedead - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    I’m surprised by the amount of people on here defending this guy (Dodger fans?). Not taking anything away from his talent and the impact he has made for L.A.- but he clearly has an attitude, doesn’t get along with teammates, treats the media and others like garbage-there are reports on all this- granted who knows the truth), but the overwhelming fan feedback on here seems to be to lay off the guy. Is this the way everyone thinks anymore? Dude is good at baseball so let him treat people however he wants and give off just a dick attitude all the time? When people were jumping all over Bryce Harper for his attitude before he got to the majors isn’t this the way everyone thought he was going to act? Puig is a phenomenal talent- but one of the most dis-likable players I’ve seen in any sport in a long time- he is like a WWE villain.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:56 PM

      Puig doesn’t get along with his teammates?

      Wait a minute… I’m just a Dodgers fan. You know more than any of us.

      • nogoodtomedead - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:00 PM

        Did you not hear about the fight with Juan Uribe?

      • nogoodtomedead - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:03 PM

        I also saw that argument with Adrian Gonzalez on the base paths. You can’t say the guy doesn’t have an attitude.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:42 PM


        No, he doesn’t necessarily know more than all Dodger fans, but apparently he does know more than you…

        Being a fan doesn’t mean one may not still tell the truth about their team and players on the team.

        You’re in denial if you think he hasn’t had/shown issues off the field…

      • biasedhomer - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:32 PM

        And as a Dodgers fan, you will turn an eye to such things.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:58 PM

        Hey Sportsfan-

        The guy in denial is the dingbat insisting that ESPN reports tell the story.

        If you’ve been watching the games Puig plays, you will notice that his Latino teammates are the ones talking to him, coaching him, and preparing him for life in the Big Time.

        Yes, Gonzalez went off on Puig. Because Puig threw 2 balls beyond his cutoff man, giving 2 runners extra bases in the same inning.

        But, yeah, you know what’s up. Now, pop your chest a couple times and keep telling yourself that, Fool.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:59 PM

        Fight with Juan Uribe? Like with fists and shit? Or like a disagreement in the heat of battle.

        You’re a drama queen.

    • emdash01 - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:31 PM

      I think I’d differentiate between “kind of a jerk sometimes” and hate-worthy WWE villain, though. So long as they don’t hurt anyone, I tend to think their personality off the field isn’t that big a deal good my baseball enjoyment, or really fully knowable, even, from the outside. They’re not our friends, they’re guys we enjoy watching do cool athletic things. If they want to get into a grudge match with the media it’s probably foolish, but it doesn’t necessarily make him a bad person.

      • yahmule - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:07 PM

        So, explain the folding chair he smashed over El Magnifico’s head.

    • jwbiii - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:05 PM

      If Puig is out with Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford, it shows he gets along with some of his teammates.

    • jaaxelson - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:29 PM

      congrats…. you’ve posted the most truth challenged post on here of the day! not a easy task…

      puig does not have a locker room issue.

  3. brewcrewfan54 - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    This guy seems to have a problem with the media already and he’s barely 2 months into his career. He’s going to have a tough time if he doesn’t start learning how to deal with them because its not going away.

    • jaaxelson - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      ever thought about what “media” is in Cuba? what role they play in that oppressive government?

      think about this stuff for a minute first.

      • Old Gator - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:57 PM

        Thanks jaax – Puig is having problems coming to terms with the idea that he can make his own destiny and that he’s not being watched over by a repressive government apparatus that has already slammed him with a year’s suspension for trying to defect two years ago. Freedom is a pretty terrifying thing if you’ve spent most of your young adult life just trying not to be crushed or used. And, um, he’s only twenty two – and that’s not even an “only twenty two” as you’d apply it to an American kid. It’s not so much that Puig is a case of arrested development as he is a case of accommodating himself to an environment which is no longer itself in a state of arrested development. He brings passion and energy to a team played give-a-shit baseball all of last season and the first third of this one too. Lay off and let the kid grow up.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Aug 21, 2013 at 7:31 AM

      I thought about that but it doesn’t change the fact that he’s causing himself problems with american media. And if he doesn’t learn to deal with it its going to cause him problems.

      • Old Gator - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:59 AM

        Tell that to Ricky Henderson and scores of other ballplayers who had illustrious careers while also treating most of the media with the contempt it so richly deserves. Puig’s problem isn’t with the media. It’s with himself. Considering that he can hardly even read English, I don’t think he needs to let the southern Ohio-northern Kentucky press ruin his days any more effectively than his own current state of emotional disorientation could.

  4. giantssb42champs - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Manny being Manny? Donnie Baseball don’t play dat.

  5. jdillydawg - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    So he’s a bit douchey. Big deal.

    Not like he’s juiced on PEDs or betting against his team or cheating.

    All I need is for him to hang on long enough to bring LA another World Series than Bud and his band can throw some darts at the wall and suspend him for…being douchey, I guess.

    Seriously, baseball fans, we need to crucify the BAD people, not the douchey ones.

    • tanzkommandant - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:32 PM

      We don’t know that he isn’t juicing or betting.

      • yahmule - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:07 PM

        We do know certain people will expect nothing but the worst from him, though.

      • jaaxelson - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:32 PM

        we don’t know that you’re not a (bitter) Giant fan, or someone who has a axe to grind against players like this kid.

      • jeffford2013 - Aug 21, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        Come on, this is a ridiculous post. You could say the same thing about every player who hasn’t already been caught. Might as well say we don’t know that he isn’t a serial killer. See what I’m saying?

  6. nadpak - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    i guess ita anything for a ring regardless of they do it, so then i hope you play the braves and they slap you out of theplayoffs if these thingsdontmean anything and its just about winning regardless of how!

    • jeffford2013 - Aug 21, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      Wow, nadpak. I’m guessing you’re Public Enemy #1 on the Grammar Police’s “Most Wanted” list.

  7. tomtravis76 - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    He was in Miami, he got sidetracked and traffic blows in some areas, probably visited with lots of extended family he hasn’t seen in a long time or some he has never met. He has a job to do of course, but his background is a tad different than others. He deserves the fine, sure, but he is a big deal for the Cuban people.

  8. rcali - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    And he gets put into the game late. The Star treatment. Nice example Donny.

    • Jeff M. - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:24 PM

      And promptly clocks a go-ahead home run. Thanks, Donnie!

  9. ch0psuey - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Rook being a Rook thinking he’s a Vet.

  10. yahmule - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Naturally, they pinch hit with him in the eighth and he smashes the go ahead home run onto Jeff Conine’s stairway to heaven.

  11. earpaniac - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    “We laugh at honor and are then amazed to find a traitor in our midst.”

  12. bob1der - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    He’s been in a slump, after playing full tilt for over 2 months and righting this sinking ship, creating excitement and sparking a success not seen for decades. As for his lateness – was he out partying with Kemp again? He’s undisciplined, but hopefully he’ll mature as baseball is a humbling game.

    • Old Gator - Aug 21, 2013 at 12:00 AM

      And as twenty two years old leaves plenty of room for maturing.

  13. jlinatl - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Sometimes its a negative to have too much success too soon. He clearly has talent. Hopefully he matures quickly and reaches his potential for a long period of time. It would be good for the game.

    I do think the best course of action for Mattingly is to hold his feet to the fire. This certainly isn’t the end of the world but better to nip it in the bud.

  14. jdillydawg - Aug 21, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    I think someone needs to set him up with Lindsey Lohan. Look, the guy just needs to relax with a nice wholesome girl who will keep him on the straight and narrow.

  15. monadshavenowindows - Aug 21, 2013 at 3:05 AM

    trade him to the YANKEES!

  16. monadshavenowindows - Aug 21, 2013 at 3:07 AM

    They could use some more attitude and steroids!

  17. davemvh - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:20 AM

    well,put a KID on a pedestal and put a crown on his head and inflate his ego and this kind of crap is going to happen.

    • dkennie - Aug 21, 2013 at 6:46 AM

      I agree. I am a Rangers fan, but can see signs that this kid is out of control some what. He’s a great talent for the game though. Just needs to grow up quickly and keep things in perspective. All eyes are on him.

  18. aceshigh11 - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    He learned all about having poor work ethic from those bastard Commies down in Cuba.

    Where’s Curtis LeMay when you need him? Bomb ’em, BOMB ‘EM!

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