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Yasiel Puig removed from today’s game for disciplinary reasons

Aug 28, 2013, 4:47 PM EDT

Yasiel Puig was removed in the fifth inning of today’s Dodgers-Cubs game. He’s sitting on the bench, however, and is not having an injury tended to. It appears, actually, that he’s being disciplined for something:

Not watching the game so I’m not sure if he missed a cutoff man, made a base running mistake or jumped into a conga line. Some are tweeting that he didn’t slide when he should have in the first inning. But when we hear, we’ll update.


UPDATE, 7:08 PM ET: Here’s the scoop from the clubhouse after the game:

  1. heyblueyoustink - Aug 28, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    This sounds like how my employer manages sometimes. Make them a fair to good amount of money, get written up for eating in your cubicle.

    • okwhitefalcon - Aug 28, 2013 at 6:28 PM

      It’s obvious Hanley’s positive influence is rubbing off on the kid, maybe they’ll bring back ManRam to ensure he develops to his highest potential as a player and teammate.

    • dianadfbest - Aug 29, 2013 at 3:01 AM

      my best friend’s half-sister makes $87 hourly on the computer. She has been out of work for 9 months but last month her check was $20896 just working on the computer for a few hours. more helpful hints…

      • dexterismyhero - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:18 AM

        C’mon, quit letting these onto the board.

        BTW dianadfbest: She is doing internet porn videos!!!

      • Jeremy T - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:52 AM

        You’d think they could come up with a closer connection than “best friend’s half-sister”.

        Also, $20896 Γ· $87/hr is about 240 hours. Is your best friend’s half-sister working 55 hours/week?

  2. El Bravo - Aug 28, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    He said he liked carrot cake over apple pie and Mattingly benched his sorry un-American ass.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      He’s lucky it wasn’t worse. Who could ever justify cake over pie?

      • 4d3fect - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:24 PM

        Oh no, not again.

      • 22yearsagotoday - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:13 PM

        No such thing as bad cake or pie.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:02 AM

        It is not that either is bad. Each has it’s place in the world. There is nothing wrong with a $1 bill. I would just never choose a $1 over a $100 bill if both were being offered. Others feel differently, but it does not mean that either position is equally valid.

    • hoosagolfer1 - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:31 PM

      and what makes him un american…just another tea bagger…he’s a kid..with clemente potential..just jealous el dummo??

      • hoosagolfer1 - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:27 PM

        ewwww..looks like i nailed some baggers!!!

      • Jeff M. - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:28 PM

        Oh, that’s not it, my friend. You’re getting all the thumbs down because you waded into the middle of a “cake vs. pie” debate. This has nothing to do with patriotism or politics.

        Oh, also . . .your grammar sucks.

      • dexterismyhero - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:20 AM

        Nice, you have to post a reply against your own post. That alone shoes you don’t understand “cake vs pie” sarcasm.

      • El Bravo - Aug 29, 2013 at 2:47 PM

        he is un-american based upon the fact that he doesn’t like apple pie in my hypothetical. that’s what makes him un-american. it was a play on the most famous american-bourne simile there is, namely, “as american as apple pie.” something that flew over your un-american head. but i digress, what i mean to say is that your use of my handle and your original term “dummo” is pure comedic gold. what a wonderful pun and powerful insult all wrapped in one. good job.

  3. beearl - Aug 28, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    He looked a little ticked off during a few replays I saw on MLB Network, but Harold Reynolds thinks he’s hurt. Something with his right hand/wrist. Didn’t use it on a follow through on a strikeout or to toss a ball into the stands. Hard to tell.

  4. ezthinking - Aug 28, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    There’s talk of a hurt right hand.

  5. paperlions - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    I love the logic by Jackson. He doesn’t see evidence for an injury, nor did he note anything Puig might have done to warrant punishment….nonetheless, “obviously disciplinary”

    Thanks for the unbiased and factual reporting/perspective dude. Great journalism.

    • El Bravo - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      hey, craig believes it. obviously…

    • sabatimus - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      There’s no such thing as journalism anymore. Just yellow. Yellow, coincidentally, is what they used to call cowards…

      • 22yearsagotoday - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:14 PM

        It’s also what they still call a river in China.

    • km9000 - Aug 28, 2013 at 6:48 PM

      His capitalization sucks too.

    • gbcf22 - Aug 28, 2013 at 6:48 PM

      Here here!

    • dodger88 - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      And yet it appears that T Jackson was correct – Puig had a closed door meeting with both Mattingly and Colletti.

      • paperlions - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:04 PM

        But at the time there is no basis to say it was obviously disciplinary….I’d have no problem with the appropriate level of speculation, possibly/might be/could be disciplinary….jumping the conclusion without basis generally is unsound practice, and is worse for a journalist/reporter.

    • jeffrp - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:51 PM

      First, if you read Jackson’s tweet you’ll see that he is passing along comments made by play by play man Charlie Steiner.

      Second, it was the Dodgers who informed the press box during the game that Puig’s removal was due to a manager’s decision, not injury.

      Third, based on the facts reported at the time it was “obviously disciplinary”, as was confirmed after the game.

  6. stlouis1baseball - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Well this is unacceptable. He is a kid. New to the Country. He doesn’t speak English and this is his first taste of the “American version” of baseball. They are obviously picking on him.
    Poor kid. Give him a break! They keep it up…and the ACLU will be on their ass like a second shirt!
    As they should of course.

    • clydeserra - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:21 PM

      If there is a shirt on my ass, I assure you, sir, it is the first.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:26 PM

        Hahaha! Thanks Clyde. I can always count on you.
        Apparently…people don’t appreciate my sarcasm.

      • Glenn - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:33 PM

        The only people who would defend your sarcasm IS the ACLU πŸ˜‰

    • 22yearsagotoday - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:15 PM

      I agree with the part about he’s a kid.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      Others have come from Cuba and aren’t this way. I mean all nations have those in their ranks who have too much ego etc…

      Many others come to the major leagues from other countries and can’t speak the language etc… so that’s no excuse.

      He simply needs to grow up and grow up quickly…

      Watching the Red Sox and Orioles game tonight they were talking about Puig and not in a good light. They said how so many have tried to talk to him about how to conduct himself, he just doesn’t get it, like he isn’t even listening. Teammates, front office and even opposing players they said have spoken to him.

      Two months ago on sites like these so many were defending Puig and putting down those who said he was full of himself etc… and these posters were ripped a new one…

      • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 29, 2013 at 7:36 AM

        So many have tried to talk to him…. sayeth the Red Sox-Orioles announcers 3000 miles away. Oh, woe is me. WHY CAN’T OUR IMMIGRANTS COME IN COOKIE CUTTER SIZES?1!?! With cantaloupe thighs, hauling 100 pounds of marijuana through the desert!!111!

        Oh… sorry… wrong thread.

        But seriously, folks…..

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:43 AM

        My sarcasm was too subtle huh? Lol!
        I have seen people defend him exactly as I posted. Only…I posted it very much tongue-in-cheek. Shoulda’ used the sarcasm font.

  7. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Maybe they just wanted to get Schumaker’s bat into the lineup

  8. 3 Finger Lenny - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Pig loves the night life

    • frank433 - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      That’ll do pig, that’ll do.

      • schlom - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:05 PM

  9. hoopmatch - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    I was watching the game and noticed that Puig hit the ground in anger with his bat after striking out. Later, after catching a fly ball for third out he flipped it directly from his glove into stands in what seemed to me an arrogant, full-of-himself manner. Doesn’t seem like either would be a reason to bench him; particularly after seeing another Dodger (I forget which one) slam his helmet to the ground after striking out. I guess Mattingly knows what the most popular question at post-game press conference will be.

    • 22yearsagotoday - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:17 PM

      He ain’t Donny Baseball fer nuthin’, ok?

  10. notsofast10 - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    So the Headline says “Yasiel Puig removed from today’s game for disciplinary reasons” I click on the link and some d bag is speculating? Now it may be an injury? WTF nice sensationalism! Bad, sucky, writing journalism sh$t.

    • cshearing - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:05 PM

      But it turned out to be right.

  11. blabidibla - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Maybe they put him on an innings limit. πŸ˜‰

  12. cavemanna - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Cheesecake all the way

    • 22yearsagotoday - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:17 PM


  13. earpaniac - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    I will never understand how in today’s world someone almost 23 is a “kid”.

    • 22yearsagotoday - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:18 PM

      That means you are under 50.

  14. egb234 - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Well Jerry Hairston, Jr, the clubhouse hero who’s just a great team guy who has strong bloodlines who is a World Series champ, has been bitching in the media, so it makes sense. When the 37 year old guy who appeared on the Mitchell Report, is hitting below his weight, and constantly refers to himself as a champ for leaching onto the Yankees for 40 days of .200 hitting complains, WE BETTER LISTEN! Down with the Cuban phenom!!

    • 22yearsagotoday - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:18 PM

      Like your style.

  15. fearthehoody - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    tick, tock…

  16. drewy44 - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Mattingly: “I felt Skip gave us a better chance to win the game”. Said with a straight face.

    I think Puig needed to be humbled, but Mattingly could have least told a lie there. It would sound far less ridiculous than what he laid down.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 29, 2013 at 7:42 AM

      I think the Dodgers won the game.

      I think you don’t really know why Mattingly sat him.

      I don’t think Mattingly really has to tell us.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 29, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        Said while impersonating Ricky Ricardo…
        “Now you are just being ridiculous.”

      • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 29, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        Actually, Lou, if I may say so… But you look marvelous. Absolutely, marvelous.

        (That’s my lone Latino voice, no matter what I try. I blame the ’80s.)

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 29, 2013 at 4:55 PM

        Lol! Yeah…I blame the 80’s for a bunch of shit too.

  17. dafern0560 - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Send that ungrateful punk back to Cuba.

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