“I think Puig is definitely in this family of nearly mythical characters.” ~ John Thorn
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Neyer compares Puig to Vladimir Guerrero. To me, the young Roberto Clemente is an even better comparison. In his first few years, Clemente was labeled a hot dog by, among others, Stan Musial and Jim Brosnan. He had a great arm that he couldn't fully control; in his second season he had 8 assists and 19 errors. He was notorious for running through coaches' signs. For years, even after he had harnessed his skills, many people accused him of not being a team player.
Griffey was also criticized for his attitude.
Wasn't there some silly issue about the way he wore his hat? Of course it all came down to him disrespecting the game because he wore his hat backwards or something whilst shagging balls.
I don't get the criticism of certain players. Puig is fun to watch. Stanton, Trout, Fernandez..these guys are young and just entertaining on the diamond. Then again if we wait another 4 days or so, the press in Cincy will blame Joey Votto for whatever woe the Reds will encounter this year.
In 1990, he feuded with All-Star teammate Tony Gwynn, who was widely respected by his peers and known as one of the most dedicated players in baseball. Clark called him selfish and stated that Gwynn should be swinging with runners in scoring position instead of bunting and protecting his batting average. "No one bothers Tony Gwynn because he wins batting titles, but the Padres finish fourth or fifth every year," he said.
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