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RKMeibalane
06-05-2013, 08:18 AM
It's early, but this young man looks like a legitimate star in the making. After a 2-4 MLB debut, Puig went 3-4 with two home runs and five runs batted in. No one may be happier to have Puig around than Don Mattingly, who's finally getting production from his outfield.

102605
06-05-2013, 10:27 AM
What do the Dodgers do when Kemp, Crawford and Ethier are all back at the same time and healthy?

RKMeibalane
06-05-2013, 10:30 AM
What do the Dodgers do when Kemp, Crawford and Ethier are all back at the same time and healthy?

The word around Los Angeles is that Mattingly wants Ethier gone: the Dodgers signed him to a long-term deal before 2012, but that seems to have been a political ploy on the part of their new administration, a way to show fans that they weren't afraid to spend money to bolster their roster. Privately, Mattingly and other representatives of the Dodger organization have soured on Ethier, as he doesn't provider leadership in the clubhouse, and he's too inconsistent to depend on in the middle of the lineup.

Puig has drawn comparisons to Vladimir Guerrero and Andre Dawson. If he pans out, the Dodgers won't need Ethier any longer.

doublem23
06-05-2013, 10:33 AM
What do the Dodgers do when Kemp, Crawford and Ethier are all back at the same time and healthy?

Puig is still a very raw player, so his hot start notwithstanding, it's unlikely he's ready to be an everyday MLB player quite yet.

But yeah, I agree with RK, the odds that Ethier finishes his deal in LA are basically 0% right now.

But seriously, watch this ****ing throw. WATCH THIS ****ING THROW: http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?content_id=27719161

roylestillman
06-05-2013, 11:21 AM
Saw this guy at Spring Training this year. The thing that caught my eye was his speed around the bases. He hit a routine base hit to fairy shallow right field and was almost on second before the ball hit the ground. There was an audible gasp from the crowd.

kittle42
06-05-2013, 12:23 PM
I seem to recall a game Tuffy Rhodes had...

RKMeibalane
06-05-2013, 12:55 PM
I seem to recall a game Tuffy Rhodes had...

Time will tell if Puig can live up to the hype surrounding him. I don't anticipate him playing every day as long as the Dodgers have a surplus of outfielders, but if he can establish any sort of consistency, it's likely the Dodgers make a move at the trading deadline. Andre Ethier may not be welcome in Chavez Ravine any longer, but he could be an important piece on a contending team.

chicagowhitesox1
06-05-2013, 09:33 PM
I think this guy is the real deal. I only wish I could have picked him up for that Fantasy Baseball league i'm a member of here. Hitting a 440 foot homerun is impressive but I like the fact that he seems to walk alot too.

jdm2662
06-05-2013, 09:41 PM
But seriously, watch this ****ing throw. WATCH THIS ****ING THROW: http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?content_id=27719161

He looked safe, but still, that was a ****ing awesome throw.

RKMeibalane
06-05-2013, 09:49 PM
He looked safe, but still, that was a ****ing awesome throw.

That's what I thought at first, but if you look at the angle where Adrian Gonzalez is shown in close-up, the throw beats the runner's foot to the bag.

voodoochile
06-05-2013, 10:30 PM
He looked safe, but still, that was a ****ing awesome throw.

Flat-footed off the wrong foot too. Kids got an arm that's for damned sure.

soxnut1018
06-07-2013, 12:34 AM
Puig just hit a opposite field grand slam. Kid's unreal.

chicagowhitesox1
06-07-2013, 12:53 AM
9 RBI's and 3 homeruns in three days. I know baseball is a business but if they had called this kid up out of spring training , I think the Dodgers would be over 500.

Soxman219
06-07-2013, 01:01 AM
I wish the Sox had someone like this in the farm system.

chicagowhitesox1
06-07-2013, 01:22 AM
I know the Dodgers have had some badluck with injuries but how can a team be under 500 with Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez, Clayton Kershaw and Carl Crawford. It wouldn't surprise me if even with Puig and Grienke now on their roster that they still lose. I would fire Mattingly but first I would fire whoever the Dodgers trainers are because i've never seen a team have so many hamstring injuries.

asindc
06-07-2013, 07:17 AM
I know the Dodgers have had some badluck with injuries but how can a team be under 500 with Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez, Clayton Kershaw and Carl Crawford. It wouldn't surprise me if even with Puig and Grienke now on their roster that they still lose. I would fire Mattingly but first I would fire whoever the Dodgers trainers are because i've never seen a team have so many hamstring injuries.

So whose fault is it, the manager's or the trainer's or Ethier's?

102605
06-07-2013, 08:21 AM
Catching Vin Scully make the calls for the Puig highlights is baseball at its finest. I hope this guy can continue to impress and spark the Dodgers back into contention. He can't do it alone but I think his presence and buzz around him has immediately turned things around in LA.

:cool:

chicagowhitesox1
06-07-2013, 10:03 AM
So whose fault is it, the manager's or the trainer's or Ethier's?

All three of them need to go.

....Mattingly..alot of questionable moves already this year
....The trainers...Mark Ellis, Hanley Ramirez, Matt Kemp, Carl Crawford all have missed time due to hamstring injuries. Thats probably due to bad conditioning.
....Andre Ethier...I hear he's a clubhouse cancer and they really don't need him.

So I would get rid of them all.

thomas35forever
06-07-2013, 03:22 PM
This is quite a star the Dodgers are gaining. Can't wait to see him tear it up (hopefully).

102605
06-07-2013, 11:41 PM
Puig launches HR #4 in his 4th game to help the Dodgers tie it up.

RKMeibalane
06-07-2013, 11:44 PM
Puig launches HR #4 in his 4th game to help the Dodgers tie it up.

:cool:

102605
06-08-2013, 12:27 AM
He gets his first intentional walk in the next AB. :cool:

chicagowhitesox1
06-08-2013, 06:11 PM
You gotta wonder if his presence in the on deck circle last night caused the pitcher to throw a wild pitch to Uribe to lose the game.

RKMeibalane
06-08-2013, 11:39 PM
Do not run on Puig.

http://www.mlbgifs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/000yasielpuigthrow.gif

I'd post the link, but the clip is tied to the Gameday application. Puig fired a laser from right field to retire a runner at third base. It was a good of a throw as I've ever seen.

soxnut1018
06-08-2013, 11:41 PM
I'd post the link, but the clip is tied to the Gameday application. Puig fired a laser from right field to retire a runner at third base. It was a good of a throw as I've ever seen.

http://cdn2.sbnation.com/fan_shot_images/294993/puiglaser.gif

doublem23
06-09-2013, 12:03 AM
The best I've ever seen was In His Prime Ichiro, but yeah, from a 22-year-old... :o:

Boondock Saint
06-09-2013, 12:08 AM
http://cdn2.sbnation.com/fan_shot_images/294993/puiglaser.gif


That's insane. Just insane.

DSpivack
06-09-2013, 12:13 AM
The best I've ever seen was In His Prime Ichiro, but yeah, from a 22-year-old... :o:

Vlad had some good ones, too.

RKMeibalane
06-20-2013, 10:23 PM
Another home run this evening. I've never seen anything like this.

chicagowhitesox1
06-21-2013, 10:00 AM
Another home run this evening. I've never seen anything like this.

I think you really hit gold in that league. This guy is unreal. I keep thinking he's going to settle down but he never does. I'll give you Kemp and Hamilton for him.

TaylorStSox
06-21-2013, 10:28 AM
He's on pace for 10BB/142SO.

Huisj
06-21-2013, 10:41 AM
Another home run this evening. I've never seen anything like this.

It's almost as good as the 16 game stretch Viciedo had last May!

Puig, June 3-20, 2013:
16 G, 62 AB, 6 HR, 12 RBI, 1 BB, 14 K, .452/.477/.790, 1.267 OPS

Viciedo, May 14-30, 2012:
16 G, 63 AB, 8 HR, 23 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K, .444/.453/.857, 1.310 OPS

TaylorStSox
06-21-2013, 10:52 AM
It's almost as good as the 16 game stretch Viciedo had last May!

Puig, June 3-20, 2013:
16 G, 62 AB, 6 HR, 12 RBI, 1 BB, 14 K, .452/.477/.790, 1.267 OPS

Viciedo, May 14-30, 2012:
16 G, 63 AB, 8 HR, 23 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K, .444/.453/.857, 1.310 OPS

The kids would say, "pwned."

RKMeibalane
06-21-2013, 11:41 AM
It's almost as good as the 16 game stretch Viciedo had last May!

Puig, June 3-20, 2013:
16 G, 62 AB, 6 HR, 12 RBI, 1 BB, 14 K, .452/.477/.790, 1.267 OPS

Viciedo, May 14-30, 2012:
16 G, 63 AB, 8 HR, 23 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K, .444/.453/.857, 1.310 OPS

Get back to me when Viciedo can run, throw, and field like Puig can.

chicagowhitesox1
06-21-2013, 11:47 AM
I'm betting tonight that he's going to have another big game against a lefty like Richardson.

Huisj
06-21-2013, 01:19 PM
Get back to me when Viciedo can run, throw, and field like Puig can.

Don't hold your breath on that. Even if he couldn't do all those things, if he could just hit for more than 3 weeks at a time that would be nice. It's hard to believe the difference in him when he's hot and when he's cold.

But also, don't be surprised if Puig hits a real rough spot offensively at some point with his lack of discipline.

RKMeibalane
06-21-2013, 02:06 PM
Don't hold your breath on that. Even if he couldn't do all those things, if he could just hit for more than 3 weeks at a time that would be nice. It's hard to believe the difference in him when he's hot and when he's cold.

But also, don't be surprised if Puig hits a real rough spot offensively at some point with his lack of discipline.

No doubt. Puig reminds of Vlad Geurrero, who was prone to extreme hot and cold periods. I'm sure he'll struggle once the league has seen him once. Be that as it may, he's looking like the most complete player to come into the league in a long time.

getonbckthr
06-21-2013, 03:15 PM
He's on pace for 10BB/142SO.

I could live with 142K's if he keeps hitting .460 :D:

Huisj
06-21-2013, 03:53 PM
No doubt. Puig reminds of Vlad Geurrero, who was prone to extreme hot and cold periods. I'm sure he'll struggle once the league has seen him once. Be that as it may, he's looking like the most complete player to come into the league in a long time.

More complete than Trout? Or De Aza?

RKMeibalane
06-21-2013, 03:55 PM
More complete than Trout? Or De Aza?

He doesn't have Trout's speed, but his throwing arm is better.

DSpivack
06-21-2013, 03:58 PM
He doesn't have Trout's speed, but his throwing arm is better.

What about Harper?

RKMeibalane
06-21-2013, 04:08 PM
What about Harper?

Too much of a douche.

TaylorStSox
06-21-2013, 04:28 PM
I wouldn't even think twice of taking Trout. Harper's knees scare me though.

Mohoney
06-23-2013, 01:54 PM
Too much of a douche.

That's just his sixth tool.

Huisj
06-24-2013, 02:12 PM
Interesting column on ESPN saying he could turn into Joe Dimaggio or Jeff Francoeur.

http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/37337/who-will-yasiel-puig-grow-up-to-be

Bobby Thigpen
06-24-2013, 02:41 PM
So is this the latest guy people will fawn over while he's young and then "hate" after a couple years?

Boondock Saint
06-24-2013, 03:26 PM
That's just his sixth tool.

Actually being a tool does not add to one's toolsiness.

TheVulture
06-24-2013, 07:42 PM
The best I've ever seen was In His Prime Ichiro, but yeah, from a 22-year-old... :o:

The first time I laid eyes on Ichiro was during his first ST in the US at Scottsdale Stadium. He threw a strike to third from foul territory in the RF corner, probably ten feet from the OF wall. It is still probably the most amazing single act I've seen in baseball (Iguchi's play is another one at the top of my list), and I became an Ichiro fan from the get go. Though I have to admit I was looking forward to seeing him play to begin with.

TheVulture
06-24-2013, 07:49 PM
This probably can never be posted too many times:
http://www.examiner.com/images/blog/EXID425/images/cxs1090415171024x7682ui.jpg

http://mlblogswhitesoxpride.files.wordpress.com/2006/04/goochtheplay_1.jpg

voodoochile
07-06-2013, 11:12 AM
Was at the Giants' game last night. We were sitting in RF. The Giants got blown out, but at one point made some feeble noise to start a rally while losing 8-1. In the third inning, with one out, a single was followed by a Sandoval double to right field. I couldn't see the initial attempt but Puig didn't catch it and the ball came off the wall and bounced in toward the infield. Puig ran the ball down but overshot it and the third base coach seeing this started to wave the runner around third, but suddenly started frantically waving the stop sign when he saw Puig recover quickly and pick up the ball. The runner did indeed stop as Puig grabbed the ball wheeled and unleashed a humpback line drive throw that hit the catcher in the mitt chest high from about 270 feet. The guy's a freaking stud...

chicagowhitesox1
07-06-2013, 06:00 PM
Was at the Giants' game last night. We were sitting in RF. The Giants got blown out, but at one point made some feeble noise to start a rally while losing 8-1. In the third inning, with one out, a single was followed by a Sandoval double to right field. I couldn't see the initial attempt but Puig didn't catch it and the ball came off the wall and bounced in toward the infield. Puig ran the ball down but overshot it and the third base coach seeing this started to wave the runner around third, but suddenly started frantically waving the stop sign when he saw Puig recover quickly and pick up the ball. The runner did indeed stop as Puig grabbed the ball wheeled and unleashed a humpback line drive throw that hit the catcher in the mitt chest high from about 270 feet. The guy's a freaking stud...

I heard they gave Puig a nice welcome out there.

doublem23
08-15-2013, 10:27 AM
Another insane throw courtesy of the cannon A/K/A Yasiel Puig's right arm

http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/18x1viy62i62zgif/ku-xlarge.gif

harwar
08-15-2013, 11:35 AM
Absolutely nothing gets me going, like a great throw from the outfield .. to me, it's the most exciting play in baseball..

TheVulture
08-15-2013, 01:04 PM
Another insane throw courtesy of the cannon A/K/A Yasiel Puig's right arm



Wait, I thought we were supposed to think he sucks by now since he's from Cuba and other players like Shingo Takatsu, who also is not from America, had marginal levels of success in the majors.