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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Baseball’s culture clash: Vast majority of brawls involve differing ethnicities


A USA TODAY Sports study of 67 bench-clearing incidents in Major League Baseball over the past five seasons found the main antagonists hailed from different ethnic backgrounds in 87% of the cases.

Just more than half of them - 34 - pitted white Americans against foreign-born Latinos. Another four featured white Americans and U.S.-born Latinos….

“Why can a pitcher show you his emotions and you can’t show yours to him? Those are baseball rules from a different time,’’ Gomez told USA TODAY Sports in Spanish. “It gets to the point where, when you’re by yourself, you think, ‘What did I do? I didn’t do anything inappropriate.’ It’s a bit frustrating, because all I’ve ever done is play the game with passion, with desire, with love, giving it my all, and a lot of people take it the wrong way.’’

Count San Diego Padres pitcher Bud Norris among them. In a conversation about what’s proper on-field behavior and what’s not, Norris mentioned Gomez as a particularly egregious violator of the rules. While praising Gomez’s ability, Norris said some of his actions are disrespectful.

When the told the large majority of the benches-clearing incidents involved players of different backgrounds, Norris nodded knowingly.

“I think it’s a culture shock,’’ Norris said. “This is America’s game. This is America’s pastime, and over the last 10-15 years we’ve seen a very big world influence in this game, which we as a union and as players appreciate. We’re opening this game to everyone that can play. However, if you’re going to come into our country and make our American dollars, you need to respect a game that has been here for over a hundred years, and I think sometimes that can be misconstrued. There are some players that have antics, that have done things over the years that we don’t necessarily agree with.

“I understand you want to say it’s a cultural thing or an upbringing thing. But by the time you get to the big leagues, you better have a pretty good understanding of what this league is and how long it’s been around.’’

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 30, 2015 at 01:39 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: bat flips, brawls, bud norris, carlos gomez, latino players, yasiel puig

Monday, August 03, 2015

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Rosenthal Report: Tigers may be willing to trade Price | FOX Sports

Robothal’s latest.

The question remains: How good can Puig be?

He has made an effort to be a better teammate since the All-Star break, sources say. But the far more relevant concern is his performance.

Puig’s OPS in July is only .623, and he remains vulnerable to high velocity. Scherzer struck him out three times Sunday, with fastballs registering 95 and 97 mph and a slider registering 87.

Puig, in 62 at-bats this season ending on fastballs between 89 and 94 mph, has batted .403 with a .613 slugging percentage — well above the league averages of .277 and .435, according to MLB Network research.

However, in 20 at-bats ending on fastballs between 95 and 99 mph, Puig has batted .200 with a .250 slugging mark — well below the league averages of .246 and .370.

Too small a sample? Perhaps. But last season, Puig fared even worse in a larger sample. In 50 at-bats that ended between 95 and 99 mph, he batted .120 with a .220 slugging mark, while the league averaged .239 and .344.

Puig has had individual success against certain hard throwers, but one measure of a good hitter is his ability to hit tough pitching, particularly in the postseason.

The overall numbers suggest that Puig is not quite there yet.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2015 at 10:51 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos gonzalez, david price, julio teheran, notes, tigers, yasiel puig

Friday, July 17, 2015

Chairman Mark Walter backs Yasiel Puig, says yes, Dodgers can improve - LA Times

I wonder if a trade would light a fire under Puig?

While there is increased skepticism within the organization as to whether Puig’s production will ever match his talent, Dodgers Chairman Mark Walter remains optimistic.

“I wouldn’t give up on him now,” said Walter, the team’s controlling owner.

Walter said his backing of Puig is based not on the player’s marketability, but on how he thinks Puig will develop as a player.

“I think he’s just going to be a great player,” Walter said.

Walter pointed to a groundout by Puig last week in a home game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

“If you watch him, he’s playing hard,” Walter said. “Did you see that squibbler? He ran his butt off. He almost got there too.”

Walter continued, “Puig clearly, clearly has incredible potential and talent. And I think he’s got a big heart and wants to play hard. So I think that will show up.”

However, Walter said that if the front office decides it should trade Puig, he wouldn’t prevent it from doing so.

“It’d be dumb for me to hire them and tell them what to do,” Walter said.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 17, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Monday, July 06, 2015

The stories behind Dodgers’ deep-seated Yasiel Puig resentment | New York Post

So a few of the arguments were with Zach Greinke. Huh.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2015 at 07:35 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Monday, June 29, 2015

Mattingly challenges Puig to adjust to pitchers

I don’t know what Mattingly is on about.  Puig had a 159 OPS+ in year 1, 143 last year, 141 so far this year.  His K-rate has improved every year (16.5% in this year’s small sample), the walk rate is high.  OK, he probably won’t see that first-year HR rate again but in the article, Mattingly says he’s not a HR hitter anyway.  Puig’s 1200 PA into his career and if pitchers haven’t found the solution yet ...

Walt Davis Posted: June 29, 2015 at 07:53 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, don mattingly, yasiel puig

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Mattingly: Puig out ‘at least a couple weeks’ |

Manager Don Mattingly said outfielder Yasiel Puig will be sidelined “at least a couple weeks,” the closest the Dodgers have come to providing a timetable for Puig’s return.

Puig has been troubled by a strained left hamstring since April 13. He missed four of the next five games, then went on the disabled list April 26.

He was eligible to be activated Sunday, but reinjured the leg playing for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga on Friday night. An MRI exam on Monday confirmed the strain is not healed.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 14, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Dodgers’ Puig set to start rehab assignment, but Ryu’s recovery slows - The Orange County Register

This doesn’t sound good.

Ryu was supposed to begin throwing to hitters this week but did not make the trip with the Dodgers. Instead, he stayed behind to work out at Dodger Stadium and the training staff “decided to give him a couple days off” after his velocity decreased during his most recent bullpen session.

Mattingly said Ryu was clocked at only 82-83 mph during his throwing session Friday at Dodger Stadium, “a couple ticks below” what he had thrown in his previous workout. The lost velocity is suspected to be a result of “that tired-arm thing” pitchers often go through during spring training, the manager said.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2015 at 09:25 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hyun-jin ryu, yasiel puig

Friday, April 17, 2015

Dodgers outfield adjusts to the information age - LA Times

Yasiel Puig is taking the game more seriously.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, dodgers, joc pederson, yasiel puig



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