Sandy Koufax is the greatest Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher of all-time and the four-time Cy Young Award was at spring training today and he didn’t have much to say about Clayton Kershaw, they player who is compared to the Hall of Famer, but rather Yasiel Puig, who needs to improve his fundamentals.
“If the showmanship doesn’t involve bad decisions, it’s fine,” Koufax said. “I think people love it. You’ve got a great arm, you want to show it off, but you’d like to see it go to the right place all the time.
“He’s young, he hasn’t played [much]. I think the biggest thing is he hasn’t played against competition as good as he is, so you’re always able to have your physical ability make up for whatever else you did. He’s learning. I’m sure it’s going to happen. There’s too much talent not to.”
Puig has been criticized for being too much of a showman during his rookie year when he was instrumental in the Dodgers taking off and winning the National League West, so this criticism from Koufax isn’t out of left field.
In fact, Koufax seems optimistic Puig will develop better fundamentals, hit the cutoff man, don’t show up your opponents and make better decisions on and off the field.
Koufax and countless other baseball fans are curious to see what Puig can do in his second year, and first full big league season, after hitting, 319 in 104 games last year.