Yahoo! Sports: Maybe not pressuring Yasiel Puig to change everything he does is for the best?
The Dodgers hardly ever lose anymore, and that’s partly to do with Puig. Sometimes he leads that. Sometimes he floats along. Sometimes, granted, his decisions pull in the other direction. The games will get bigger. Puig, like the Dodgers’ patience, will be tested.
“I don’t think that’s fair to lay on him,” Colletti said. “As long as he continues to work at it, it’ll be fine. It’s an imperfect game.”
Meanwhile, ol’ Felipe might have had it right. Leave him alone.
What a concept.
As I said before, I support Mattingly’s handling of him (benching, fines, whatever), but our expectations of him to transform into a consummate professional at this stage is just unrealistic.
The Wall Street Journal: Maybe back-off the Puig coverage a bit?
The funny thing is the Dodgers seem to have a handle on the situation. Control does not appear lost. Manager Don Mattingly recognizes what he has in Puig: a player who delivers far more success than frustration. (Mattingly said that Puig’s benching Tuesday was for baseball reasons—the fine was for being late.) Sure, he must maintain order in his clubhouse—rules are rules, lateness is lateness—but the very real truth is that Puig is learning an extraordinary amount on the fly. There’s a legitimate worry that Puig’s mistakes on the field—blunders on the basepaths, treating the cutoff as an option—could become a problem under the high heat of the playoffs, should Los Angeles stay on course for the postseason. But it’s also true that the Dodgers are not here without him. It’s a bargain the Dodgers are happy to take. Yasiel Puig is young. But he also looks undeniable. Let’s all breathe.
Agree with this. Don Mattingly, the staff, and the veterans seem to be handling it. They’ll take the appropriate actions, whether that’s benching him or yelling at him or whatever.
SB Nation: An article about Puig that’s not really about Puig at all.
Some enjoy the ritual and the ritualism more than they enjoy sudden surprising departures from it, and others are the other way around.
A bunch more great quotes like that on the buzz Puig has been generating.
Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness: Hanley Ramirez is a free agent in 2015, what might has contract extension look like?
I agree with the option that includes waiting because: 1) he’s likely to normalize a bit in 2014 2) the Dodgers can pay him whatever anyway.
Getting Blanked: Clayton Kershaw (and A.J. Ellis) gives insight into his approach on the mound.
ESPN: That crazy approach that Puig takes? Could be better, but his reckless style is paying dividends overall thus far.
Baseball Prospectus: Gabe Kapler wrote a great article on the PED discussion and his own internal battle.
If we talk about the topic openly enough and study the science with ferocity, rather than viewing the PED discussion as juicy gossip and tabloid fodder while wildly pointing fingers, we have a chance to see things as they are. That kind of methodical approach to the PED conversation may be the best way to leave the ugly drama of scandal in our wake and bring our focus back to the striking beauty of the game itself.
All of it is thoughtful.
Gizmodo: Speaking of PED use, here’s a genetic way athletes can pass drug tests. Once gene doping rolls around, it’s gonna be a mess.