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Yasiel Puig is out of today’s lineup

Aug 20, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

Well, I hope you’re happy Jon Paul Morosi:

 

No word yet, obviously, as to whether or not Puig is getting a regular day off, has aches and pains, is being given a rest because of those alleged attitude/fundamentals issues or what. But given the heat Puig has generated over the past couple of days by the chattering classes, this decision will be scrutinized more than most days off usually are.

  1. historiophiliac - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    This seems vaguely familiar.

    • Jeff M. - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      Puig’s a big dude that plays all-out all the time. He’s earned a day off now and then. Besides, barring a historic collapse (Ha! Red Sox!), the Dodgers have the division all sewn up.

    • dickclydesdale - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      Puig is a hated douche teammate but he did help turn things around for the Dodgers so he deserves a measure of credit but still his douche bad personality brings him down in the clubhouse.

      • Reflex - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:42 PM

        And you know this because..?

      • ilovegspot - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:07 PM

        dickcdale is the douche here or a giant fan. bottom line is he wshed he had Puig on his team.

  2. doubleogator - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Take your arrogant attitude back to Cuba…

    • jdillydawg - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:23 PM

      Bitter much?

    • kevinbnyc - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      He plays hard and makes decisions that go wrong sometimes, but I don’t think that makes him arrogant. Unless you’re an officer in the Unwritten Rule Police Force.

  3. drewy44 - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Perhaps his 2 for 17 recent performance suggests the kid could use a day off to recharge and watch.

    Not that being photographed out late at night with LeBron, Kemp, and Crawford (and running up a $20K bar tab) did him any favors.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      It’s not like this is his first time that he’s visited South Florida as a recent Cuban defector with millions of dollars guaranteed sewed up. I am glad he’s taking today off.

      Donnie Baseball, player’s coach.

  4. jeffrp - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    I certainly hope Craig isn’t excluding himself from the chattering classes, because FFS this is not a big deal.

    Sitting a player for a game (or heaven forbid maybe even 2!) is a well established technique used by teams to get the attention of a young player whom they would like to focus on things like not running into outs, hitting the cutoff man, running out groundballs etc. And up 7.5 games with 6 weeks to play is an excellent time to do this.

    So if/when Puig cools off (i.e. regresses to the mean) for the rest of the season I wonder if Craig will call BS on the chattering classes who will claim that the Dodgers screwed up by, what was that phrase again – “messing with Puig’s abundant confidence and aggressiveness”

  5. psunick - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    “Are you happy, JPM?”

    He was right!

  6. missingdiz - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Uh, maybe this had something to do with his “F___ you, media” outburst? That’s not how Donny Ballgame survived NY. Somewhere Albert Belle is saying, “you go, boy!”

  7. westcoastredbird - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    It looks like another Cuban crisis!!!

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:46 PM

      Puig’s like a nuclear bomb, only without the radiation.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:14 PM

        But he is radiant.

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