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Yasiel Puig: not in The Best Shape of His Life

Feb 21, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

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Trouble in Puig-a-dise? Mark Saxson of ESPN Los Angeles reports that Yasiel is a little too big for his britches. Literally:

 Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly acknowledged the team has some concerns about Yasiel Puig‘s conditioning. Mattingly said Puig showed up at camp weighing 251 pounds, 26 more than he weighed at the end of the regular season.

Mattingly said he didn’t think it’d be a problem, but oof, even if you are a big exciting star, you can’t show up to camp fat.

Can’t wait until Plaschke’s column tomorrow: “Too much fast driving. Too much fast food. Maybe the Dodgers were too fast to make Yasiel Puig the face of the franchise.”

  1. unclemosesgreen - Feb 21, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    I was accused today of being the Yasiel Puig of crutching. Now I’m wondering if I should slow down, go on a diet or both.

    • Old Gator - Feb 21, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      Do some yoga balancing exercises so you don’t wind up looking like that guy on the crutches in There’s Something About Mary.

      • unclemosesgreen - Feb 21, 2014 at 5:30 PM

        The guy who played her crutch-using friend was about as loose-limbed as Ray Bolger.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:26 PM

        I hate to tell you that I will be on crutches early in April. I am going on the DL with an ankle operation. Please do not remind me of that movie.

  2. luz56 - Feb 21, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Got to love these guaranteed contracts… Makes baseball basketball hockey a joke when this crap happens… Two year deals at the most with 1 year option

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 21, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      Are they playing tomorrow? No, then why are you complaining? And just as many football players show up to OTAs out of shape.

      • asimonetti88 - Feb 21, 2014 at 11:23 PM

        I personally think guaranteed contracts are a bit ridiculous. Yeah, a lot of football players show up out of shape. But in football, guys like A-Rod or Pujols would have had to renegotiate their contracts by now or face being cut. I think that would benefit a lot of teams. That said, teams might get even more reckless with contracts if they knew they could get out of it so easily.

      • Alex K - Feb 22, 2014 at 7:43 AM

        I think non-guaranteed are super ridiculous. They significantly shift the risk away from the team and place it on the player. Why should the team get to just absolve themselves of bad decisions?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 22, 2014 at 8:54 AM

        I think that would benefit a lot of teams.

        Yes in that players get significantly less money than they should get. As soon as a team feels the player is overpaid, they get cut. So the player is either playing at his pay grade or below to stay on the team.

        Also, non-guaranteed contracts mean players are constantly fighting for more money, knowing they can be cut at almost any time. This means we, as fans, constantly have to hear about trade demands and/or holdouts in camp because the player wants more money. Do we want to include that in baseball too?

    • chacochicken - Feb 21, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      I’m sorry but Profascismtalk is one tab back.

    • hammyofdoom - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:50 PM

      My brows furrowed together with such speed and intensity that it actually caused a headache upon reading this comment.

  3. chacochicken - Feb 21, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    He’s the Yasiel you deserve but not the one you need right now.

    • Professor Fate - Feb 22, 2014 at 7:09 PM

      He just ate like he drove: Fast. Really fast.

  4. crispybasil - Feb 21, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Craig, you should offer to ghost write lines like that for Plaschke and co. For a nominal fee, of course.

  5. kruegere - Feb 21, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    26 pounds on someone who is over 6 feet is nothing. I doubt Puig has much room to add lean mass, but I’d rather a player show up to camp overweight than underweight.

    • jrob23 - Feb 21, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      I think it makes a difference though. Trout did the exact same thing last season. It affected his speed a little. His steals were down as a result. Over the course of the season he lost the weight, which I believe was the reason he added it in the first place..to stay stronger. There is a fine line they are trying to walk. I imagine 10lbs is about right, so hopefully he will lose about 15 before the season starts. Athletes like him can shed weight in a hurry

    • djpostl - Feb 21, 2014 at 5:33 PM

      “26 pounds on someone who is over 6 feet is nothing.”

      Lol, it’s more than 10% of his total body weight. Health care professionals across the country think you’re wrong.

      That being said, he’ll be fine by the time Spring Training wraps up I am guessing.

      BUT it doesn’t speak well for his work ethic to ome in out of shape. To me that is like coming to work at 9 AM and then proceeding to shower, shave, bursh your teeth etc.. only to be ready around 1130 am lol.

      RE: Trout comparison it’s off-base. Trout was really, really illl the previous season in spring training and had lost significant weight. Last season he started it off at his typical weight.

      • apkyletexas - Feb 21, 2014 at 7:10 PM

        @djpostl – “To me that is like coming to work at 9 AM and then proceeding to shower, shave, bursh your teeth etc.. only to be ready around 1130 am lol.”

        Stop talking about me.

        How can I help it that everyone else is on Central Standard Time, and I’m on Hawaii Time?

    • apkyletexas - Feb 21, 2014 at 7:06 PM

      I’m over 6 feet. I’m going to tell my wife that it’s ok if I gain 26 pounds – she won’t notice a difference.

    • sportsfan18 - Feb 22, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      If he supposed to weigh 225 lbs, then 26 pounds over that means he is MORE than 11.5% above his playing weight.

      When you’re over 10% higher than you should weigh, it’s a lot.

      When 11 plus pounds out of a 100 should NOT be on you, that’s a lot.

  6. themanytoolsofignorance - Feb 21, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Was this young man not 22 going on 23 last season? He’s 23 now? Well, unless I’ve been gravely mislead by the internet, and The Good Lord knows I have been in the past, he’s still growing. Men, on average, grow in stature until they are in their middle twenties so a big weight gain might be in accordance with his stature

    Puig may have gained weight, but is he fat relative to his size? That’s really the issue here

  7. bennoj - Feb 21, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Was he hanging out with Jesus Montero the last few months?

  8. alwaysaharley33 - Feb 21, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    “COME ON MAN” Does that ring a bell? The Dodgers have plenty of other stories to cover, Right? Let’s just say 26 pounds for Puig is nothing, except something to talk about. Maybe some good journalistic research could determine what his weight to over throwing ratio is? or maybe his weight to strike out ratio is? or maybe they could tie it into panda’s weight loss? hell I bet they could even state it is his attempt to slow down the game ….(209) DODGER FAN

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 21, 2014 at 7:23 PM

      “COME ON MAN” Does that ring a bell?

      If you are quoting that absurd segment from ESPN, you should be perma-banned instantly.

      And btw, a big factor in people not thinking Puig was going to be worth his contract was his weight. He showed up to spring training last year a lot slimmer than when the Dodgers signed him. Putting all that weight back on is not a good thing.

  9. timpaz - Feb 21, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    This guys a time bomb ticking, reminds me of Manny

    • yahmule - Feb 21, 2014 at 7:03 PM

      No kidding. That guy sucked.

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/ramirma02.shtml

  10. doctorofsmuganomics - Feb 21, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Did he show up in his pink shorts? Thats what we all want to know, honestly

    Pink for Puig

  11. daveitsgood - Feb 21, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Here’s a picture of Puig from about a week ago, I’m thinking it’s a non issue. H’es either filled out more or will lose it over spring.

    • beavertonsteve - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:05 PM

      He certainly doesn’t look fat.

    • themanytoolsofignorance - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:13 PM

      He looks like a professional athlete there, not at all fat, either. A big strong kid who probably filled out his already impressive frame a bit more. Unless someone reputable cites Puig’s body fat content at greater than 15% I’m not getting all worked up about this

  12. onlinedollarsandsense - Feb 21, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Puig is the most immature player in the MLB. He lets his emotions get the best of him at the plate and ends up swinging at pitches no one else would swing at. He makes horrible decisions defensively. He makes horrible decisions on the base paths. And now this, gaining a bunch of weight during the off season when he should be training. Maybe he just isn’t very intelligent…

    • chacochicken - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:04 PM

      You don’t see other guys doing that because most his age are still in AA ball. He is considerably better than they are and at a similar maturity level. He was also a remarkably poor Cuban who is now suddenly a millionaire in the United States so I don’t think you can really relate to him, his intelligence, mindset in the slightest.

    • ilovegspot - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      And you still wish he was on your favorite team. Trolling loser.

    • hammyofdoom - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:51 PM

      He’s 23. Being paid millions. To play a game. It’s no damn shock that he (or most athletes for that matter) is immature, but give the dude some years. He spent barely any time in the majors, and not that much more time in the US, and yet people are pretty quick to jump all over this kid

  13. thebadguyswon - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    A lot of the Cuban imports seem to have character issues. Issues they develop after they get here.

    • beavertonsteve - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:06 PM

      I remember the first summer I had my own car. I had some character issues back then too.

      • thebadguyswon - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:16 PM

        I probably shouldn’t say it’s “character issues”. But many of the Cuban players don’t adjust to life in the US very well.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 21, 2014 at 7:27 PM

        But many of the Cuban players don’t adjust to life in the US very well.

        Yes, if we change Cuban to “players who have to break the law to escape a repressive society, who may never see their family members again, and know that by breaking the law their family members may face retribution while said player goes to a country where he doesn’t speak the language and is expected to conform to a society they are not familiar with”, I’d understand why they may have difficulty adjusting.

    • hammyofdoom - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:53 PM

      How would we know about these “character issues” while they’re in cuba? And also, a ton of cuban players come here young and are thrust into a completely different culture with different norms, languages, idioms, expectations… There’s a lot of st uff going on on top of the whole “being paid millions and being on national TV” thing

      • beavertonsteve - Feb 21, 2014 at 7:20 PM

        I thought it was funny that Guerrero said he had never even heard of the Dodgers before he got to the US. I knew it was tough to get information there, but he said all he had ever seen of the MLB was a clip on a pirated DVD.

    • recoveringcubsfan - Feb 21, 2014 at 8:00 PM

      Look, I am not a Puig fan – I saw him play some last year and he really acts like an ass at all times on the field, not just when he’s batting or running the bases or trying to throw somebody out at first in a hopeless display of stupidity-masquerading-as-bravado.

      But really: Trout packs on weight, Harper packs on weight, and everyone says it’s to “combat the wear and tear over the course of the long season.” A black guy (from a foreign country, no less!) gains weight and he’s “lazy” or “out of shape.” Either show a picture of him in his fat pants or else this is just a bunch of BS that somebody thought would grab eyeballs and they never stopped to think about the double standard implied in the “Harper, ‘big as a house’ = good idea, kid!” articles vs. this kind.

      I hope we can all just move on and address the real issue: Commenters who refuse to let anyone say anything bad about Puig’s on-field behavior. Puig doesn’t play for my favorite team, but it’s still all right for me to think he’s a jerk.

  14. yahmule - Feb 21, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    I was hoping Yasiel would do something to move him down the roto draft boards of suckers. More five category goodness for me.

    • recoveringcubsfan - Feb 21, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      Nah, man, you know roto leagues draft based on how famous the player is, not a reasonable assessment of his skills. Puig famous. He’s gonna get picked in the top-5.

      • recoveringcubsfan - Feb 21, 2014 at 8:43 PM

        Also, I hate him but I picked him in the first round. So.

  15. nsauser - Feb 21, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Livan knows, stay away from the Big Macs and cigarettes! Since Puig weighs more, does that mean he’ll be throwing baseballs with more velocity into the stands when trying to throw home?

  16. therooneyskilledwebster - Feb 21, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Bob Hamelin Part Deux.

  17. nymets4ever - Feb 21, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    For his own sake, this guy better start respecting and learning the finer points of the game, and soon. The whole “bundle of talent and energy with zero baseball or social IQ” act is not cute anymore, time to grow up.

    • yahmule - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:46 AM

      You have the same condition, minus the talent and energy.

      • jimeejohnson - Feb 22, 2014 at 12:09 PM

        Yahmule’s Puig’s boyfriend now.

      • yahmule - Feb 22, 2014 at 6:09 PM

        Hey, the snaggle-toothed hillbilly tried to insult me with a homosexual reference. Man, you never see that happen on the internet.

  18. lanflfan - Feb 21, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    I thought the point of spring training was to get in shape for the season.
    I’ll hold my overreaction to this non-story in check.

  19. joerevs300 - Feb 21, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    “Can’t wait until Plaschke’s column tomorrow: “Too much fast driving. Too much fast food. Maybe the Dodgers were too fast to make Yasiel Puig the face of the franchise.””

    Gee, how professional of a writer to call out another one.

    And yeah, the Dodgers would be the first team to put a young player on a pedestal way before they were ready to handle it *rolling eyes*

    Too bad Bill Plaschke on Around the Horn and has a national following, and if he isn’t in the Hall of Fame as a sports journalist yet he will be. He actually took the time to respond to an email I wrote him; one can only imagine how much he gets in a given day.

    Which is far from what I can say for you at this point.

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Feb 22, 2014 at 12:48 AM

      Plaschke, is that you?

      • yahmule - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:47 AM

        God bless you.

  20. campcouch - Feb 22, 2014 at 4:28 AM

    I’ll tell you what man,Cali has the best burritos and tacos on Earth! I’d get fat(ter) too if I had 50 mil and unlimited access to Mexican food!

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      Plus, all those DOAT (death of all time) avocados.

  21. jimeejohnson - Feb 22, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    If nothing else, Puig is a beast! He should probably cut down on the chicharrones.

  22. yordo - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    Most of the other reports made it sound like he added muscle and it was a good thing. But Craig is the expert in this area, so I’ll trust his judgement.

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