There’s no doubt in my mind that the Los Angeles Dodgers have one heck of a baseball player on their hands with Cuban sensation Yasiel Puig, but his attitude is way out of control.
Puig first stepped into the spotlight after he threw out someone out at first from the warning track to end a game. Since then, he’s been lighting teams up with not only his defense but with his bat. In his first year, Puig muscled 19 home runs with 42 RBI’s with a batting line of .319/.391/.534 through 104 games.
Puig has been known to argue with umpires a lot, or at least question them after every pitch. This was a big problem during the playoffs and it caught almost everybody’s attention. I was a part of a ‘Climbing The Ivy’ podcast for Cubbies Crib, a website under the network that covers the Chicago Cubs and we were talking about Yasiel during that episode.
The way this kid thinks is gonna not only get himself in trouble, but his teammates as well. Him showing off at the plate after thinking he hit a home run (vs the Cardinals) could have easily gotten whoever was on deck beamed with a fast ball. Good thing the pitcher on the mound just shook it off.
Now according to The Chattanoogan, Yasiel was pulled over after driving 97 MPH on a 50 zone back in April when he played for minor league affiliate Chattanooga Lookouts.
Right now the young Dodgers outfielder dodged a bullet but I have a strong feeling that this won’t be the last time he finds himself getting into trouble with the law.
I just hope I’m wrong, because this kid has what it takes to be one of the greatest baseball players to ever live.