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Yasiel Puig has done OK since the benching

Aug 27, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

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Remember last week when Bill Plaschke and Scott Miller freaked out about Don Mattingly not benching Yasiel Puig for longer than he did? About how this will lead to his ruination and how his benefits as a player could be outweighed by his attitude and on-field gaffes?

Well, since the Puig benching he has hit .292/.333/.625 with a couple of homers. That includes last night’s game when he fell a triple short of the cycle. The Dodgers are 5-2 during that stretch.

No, that’s not his June-July pace, but no one could expect that to be kept up regardless. What it is is a fine performance for a rookie — or for everyone — over a seven day period which does not suggest a guy who has gone crazy with ego and power. He’s just a ballplayer playing ball.

  1. apkyletexas - Aug 27, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    This is my point – if all you can realistically expect of him is to be a .280-.290 hitter going forward, then he really doesn’t require all the press attention. There are lots of outfielders that are performing just as well, if not better.

    For example, compare his August to Andrew McCutchen’s. Yasiel doesn’t even come close.

    • yahmule - Aug 27, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      And what about (insert random player)? He also outperformed Puig. What kind of unjust world do we live in where the vapid cretins on ESPN pay more attention to a particular athlete than they do to the athlete I want to see them talk about?

    • paperlions - Aug 27, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      You really don’t have a point. A 22 yr old putting a .950 OPS while playing in Dodger Stadium, and doing it with flare, and an aggressive, exciting style is worth the media attention….the guy produces AND is fun to watch play.

      FWIW, Puig has actually been a LOT better in August (slump and all), than he was in July.

  2. danaking - Aug 27, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Who will write this column first, Plaschke or Miller:

    Bad attitude costs Puig chance at cycle; fails to hustle for triple.

    • jwbiii - Aug 27, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      It won’t be Simers, it seems.

  3. CyclePower - Aug 27, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    The occasional blog commentary on the content of other sportswriters is understandable and relevant. Making a career based on criticizing other sportswriters comes across as a bit petty and egotistically self-serving. Continuing to harp on the same article by the same sportswriter a week later? Straining the imagination for original content is difficult, I know, but please.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 27, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      What is so difficult about not reading a website you fail to find up to your par?

      My gosh…. It’s as if you’re complaining about complaining because, secretly, all us readers of this here blog agree with you…. And, yet, it’s really not like that at all.

      Folks just like to bitch, right?

    • Kevin S. - Aug 27, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      You’ve never heard of Fire Joe Morgan, have you?

      • paperlions - Aug 27, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        My thoughts exactly….there is so much poor logic and unjustifiable moralizing driving sports writing/journalism/broadcasts…that there is room for multiple FJM style outlets to make fun of them or to demonstrate how their narratives are inaccurate and unsubstantiated.

  4. provguard - Aug 27, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    This guy has Manny and Hanley written all over him… Great player with rotten attitude…

    • gloccamorra - Aug 27, 2013 at 6:38 PM

      Not yet. He’s young enough that you can’t rule out the possibility he’ll outgrow his immaturity. Of course, playing in Hollywood and getting all those press clippings could derail the process.

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