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  1. What we talk about when we talk about Yasiel Puig

    Aug 22, 2013, 11:34 AM EDT

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    After reading one really, really bad Yasiel Puig column and one really, really good one this morning, I stopped to think about what really animates people about this guy. And I decided that, while it isn’t racism as we’ve come to think about it — I don’t for a second think that everyone who gets…

  2. Taking “Puig is the problem” hysteria to the next level

    Aug 22, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT

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    I thought Bill Plaschke was bad yesterday but CBS’s Scott Miller has outdone him in the “Yasiel Puig is an out-of-control monster who must be put in his place” rhetoric today. And really, he calls him a monster: Puig clearly has the talent to lead the Dodgers to an October title. And he clearly contains…

  3. Today’s Yasiel Puig hilarity: he’s apparently a “poor man’s Jeff Francoeur”

    Aug 22, 2013, 8:25 AM EDT

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    Buzzfeed has waded knee-deep into derp: See, the thing about this is that while “hype in social media age” can, indeed, be tricky, baseball players are not properly assessed by their “hype in the social media age.” “Sharknado” got a lot of hype in the social media age too. No one has mistaken it for…

  4. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 22, 2013, 6:55 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles

    Orioles 4, Rays 2: Chris Davis homers again. Number 46 on the year. He’s four short of the all-time Orioles record. He tied Rafael Palmiero for the most home homers in Orioles history with 25. Tommy Hunter got the save, as it does appear that Buck Showalter is gonna go with the hot hand now.…

  5. Jose Dariel Abreu establishing residency in Haiti

    Aug 21, 2013, 11:07 PM EDT

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    Jesse Sanchez of has an update on Jose Dariel Abreu, the powerful first baseman who defected from his native Cuba earlier this month and is in the process of becoming an MLB free agent: Source: Jose Abreu is establishing residency in Haiti. There isn’t a open showcase scheduled yet & he’ll likely be an…

  6. Yasiel Puig is on time, back in the lineup

    Aug 21, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

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    And people think Yasiel Puig was going to be emboldened in his bad behavior as a result of being allowed to play in last night’s game. But here he is, back at the clubhouse on time! The kid learned his lesson: — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 21, 2013   He’s also back in…

  7. Great Moments in Missing The Entire Point of Major League Baseball

    Aug 21, 2013, 9:14 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    I first saw that Bill Plaschke column about the Dodgers benching Yasiel Puig I linked in this morning’s And That Happened last night right after it went up.  At the time the Dodgers game was still going on and the column was still basically “the Dodgers needed to bench Puig for his own good; good…

  8. And That Happened: Yasiel Puig’s benching edition

    Aug 21, 2013, 6:29 AM EDT

    Dodgers right fielder Puig celebrates with teammates as manager Mattingly looks on after Puig hit an eighth inning game-winning home run against the Marlins during their MLB National League baseball game in Miami

    Dodgers 6, Marlins 4: Yasiel Puig was benched because of attitude issues and poor play but then was used as a pinch hitter and smacked the go-ahead homer. My thing on the benching itself: it’s Don Mattingly’s team and he knows it best and can do what he wants. What I really, really dislike, however,…

  9. Yasiel Puig comes off bench, hits go-ahead homer

    Aug 20, 2013, 10:50 PM EDT

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    Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig was fined Tuesday afternoon for arriving late to Marlins Park and held out of the lineup for Tuesday’s game due to poor recent performance. But none of that could stop this train. Puig entered as a pinch-hitter Tuesday night in the top of the eighth inning with the score tied 4-4…

  10. Yasiel Puig fined Tuesday for arriving late to Marlins Park

    Aug 20, 2013, 6:22 PM EDT

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    We can just go ahead and do this in tweet form. Here’s Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times: Yasiel Puig last #Dodger to arrive, 35 minbefore stretch. Dresses quickly and goes directly into a closed-door meeting with Mattingly — Kevin Baxter (@kbaxter11) August 20, 2013 Puig-Mattingly meeting lasts 10 min after which Puig refuses…

  11. HBT Daily: Let Puig be Puig

    Aug 20, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Today Kay and I are talking about Yasiel Puig Brian Wilson and whether the Yankees are insane enough to give Robinson Cano a ten-year deal

  12. John Hirschbeck tried to pick a fight with Yasiel Puig

    Aug 20, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Miami Marlins

    I didn’t see this happen and can’t find video, but Jeff S., a reader and HBT correspondent, alerts me to something that happened in last night’s Dodgers-Marlins game. In the fifth inning, Yasiel Puig struck out. Strike two was a bad call. After the call and after the strikeout, Puig didn’t say a word to…

  13. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 20, 2013, 6:47 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Miami Marlins

    Marlins 6, Dodgers 2: Jose Fernandez vs. Yasiel Puig in a potential Rookie of the Year matchup. Advantage: Fernandez, who allowed one earned run (two total) in six innings of work with eight strikeouts. He’s 9-5 with a 2.41 ERA and 156 Ks. The Dodgers dropped their second straight. Which hasn’t happened very often lately.…

  14. Bench Yasiel Puig? Really?

    Aug 19, 2013, 5:34 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    When things are going as well for you as they are for the Dodgers, I suppose it’s understandable when people start looking for nits to pick. Today Jon Paul Morosi of Fox has decided that it’s time for the Dodgers to bench Yasiel Puig because of his mental lapses. After acknowledging how good Puig is…

  15. Cuban slugger Jose Dariel Abreu has picked an agent stateside

    Aug 17, 2013, 1:47 PM EDT

    Jose Abreu

    We learned last week that Cuban slugger Jose Dariel Abreu had defected (reportedly to Haiti or the Dominican Republic) in an effort to make his way to the United States. Now he has picked an agent. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that Abreu has selected Barry Praver and Bart Hernandez of Praver Shapiro Sports…

  16. A time to be young

    Aug 14, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    I didn’t realize it at the time, but the late 1970s was an amazing time for young baseball players. I’m arbitrarily choosing 23-and-younger as “young” — but with that age in mind, the late 1970s gave us Hall of Famers Eddie Murray, Andre Dawson, Paul Molitor, Gary Carter, Robin Yount, Ozzie Smith and some pretty…

  17. All Hail the breakers of the unwritten rules

    Aug 13, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Bryce Harper. Yasiel Puig. Anyone else who fights against the dumb unwritten rulebook which, apparently, mandates that no fun or expression be had on a baseball field. Those are the men who Sports on Earth’s Tomas Rios hails: Baseball’s obsession with notions of “class” and “respect” and “tradition” and “endless other vagaries no one cares…

  18. Report: Top Cuban slugger Jose Dariel Abreu defects

    Aug 11, 2013, 10:21 PM EDT

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    A pair of agents told El Nuevo Herald that first baseman Jose Dariel Abreu has defected from Cuba and is somewhere in the Caribbean, with separate reports placing him in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. If the news is true, Abreu would rate as biggest Cuban free agent ever. Arguably the country’s best hitter, Abreu…

  19. Yasiel Puig back for Dodgers; Hanley Ramirez set to avoid DL

    Aug 5, 2013, 6:18 PM EDT

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    It seems like good news all around for the Dodgers on Monday. Yasiel Puig is back in the lineup after sitting out Sunday’s game with a thumb injury, and Hanley Ramirez is hopeful of avoiding the disabled lisI after jamming his shoulder yesterday. Manager Don Mattingly said Ramirez’s shoulder “felt a lot better this morning.”…

  20. Yasiel Puig out of Dodgers’ lineup Sunday after suffering thumb contusion on Saturday

    Aug 4, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Yasiel Puig is not in the Dodgers’ starting lineup for Sunday afternoon’s series finale at Wrigley Field because of a left thumb contusion. Puig suffered the injury Saturday while making a leaping catch against the brick and padding along the right field line. It’s not a serious…

  21. Why the Giants passed on Brian Wilson

    Aug 2, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

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    On Tuesday, we learned that the Dodgers and Brian Wilson agreed on a Major League contract. The former Giants closer is fully recovered from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, required after succumbing to injury in his second appearance of the 2012 season. Current Giants closer Sergio Romo, normally solid, had a horrendous July,…

  22. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 2, 2013, 6:18 AM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon

    Giants 2, Phillies 1: A few days ago Jonathan Papelbon watched his team lose another game and said “I definitely didn’t come here for this.” Well, they didn’t show up at the ballpark yesterday expecting Papelbon to give up four singles and blow the lead. Again. Cole Hamels‘ eight shutout innings were for naught and…

  23. Would the Yankees sue A-Rod for “damaging the Yankees brand?”

    Jul 29, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

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    The idea of voiding player contracts in retaliation for PED suspensions is a non-starter at present, as the Collective Bargaining Agreement specifies that the Joint Drug Agreement constitutes the sole basis of punishment for PED use.  We talked a lot recently about why changing the CBA/JDA to include contract voiding is undesirable. In just the…

  24. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 29, 2013, 6:49 AM EDT

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    Braves 5, Cardinals 2: That was somewhat unexpected. A less-than-dominant Braves team sweeps the best team in the National League. The key was Kris Medlen allowing two runs on eight hits. The key all series was good starting pitching from the Braves. So of course the big talking point everyone has is how Jason Heyward…

  25. Yasiel Puig ends pitcher’s duel with walk-off homer

    Jul 28, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

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    Rumors of Yasiel Puig‘s demise were greatly exaggerated. After lighting the baseball world on fire following his debut on June 3, Puig went into a skid, posting a .579 OPS in 16 games between July 3-23. The thought was that the league had finally caught up to him, but entering this afternoon’s series finale against…

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