Yasiel Puig Newsbeat
Saturday, October 19, 2013
ST. LOUIS—Why were Dodgers president Stan Kasten and MLB executive Joe Torre in a heated conversation during batting practice before Game 6 of the National League Championship Series?
It probably has something to do with Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig and umpires, according to a baseball source.
Puig has enraged the crew, which believes he is showing up umpires at home plate. It nearly came to a head in Game 5 when Puig was called out on strikes by plate umpire Ted Barrett and stood in the batter’s box, left hand on hip, staring at Barrett. Earlier in the at-bat, Puig said something to Barrett, who came out from behind the plate, brushed off the plate and apparently said something to Puig.
Apparently, this crew, which Torre oversees, feels that Puig has crossed the line. It’s not known if Puig has been fined, but apparently word was sent from MLB offices to the Dodgers’ clubhouse that disrespecting the umpires with displays at home plate won’t be tolerated, especially by Puig.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Didn’t James say he regrets the name, but we’re stuck with it now? If so, I think he’s right on both counts…
Bill—I ran a genuine tracer on a short story (about Joe DiMaggio) that appears in the current Penguin Classic books blog—just thought you’d like to know. Link is here: http://www.penguinusablog.com/john-oharas-bread-alone-from-a-sabremetric-perspective-by-steven-goldleaf/ It’s about one of the few stories in literature that is mostly set at Yankee Stadium from a black baseball fan’s perspective during the Depression, and I worked your word “sabremetrics” into the title of the blog piece.
We hear a lot about discrimination faced by black players in the aftermath of the color barrier, both from teammates and fans. While there was never any barrier against them, did other ethnic minorities face similar distaste from their teammates. Did Jewish Americans, Polish Americans, Italian Americans, etc face any problems in the clubhouse?
Jewish players certainly did. Polish and Italian players were subject to less invidious forms of discrimination, of which they were expected to be tolerant… LIFE Magazine wrote a famous article about DiMaggio early in his career which is replete with insulting cultural stereotypes, talking about DiMaggio greasing his hair, etc. But the discrimination that was directed at other groups, while we might look back on it and cringe, was not on a par with the level of discrimination directed at black athletes or at blacks in general.
Bill Todd Helton just got his 2500th hit. Is he a HOF to you?...
I think Helton is a Hall of Famer, yes. His numbers are so good that it’s disorienting. My son Reuben asked me this same question, and I told him a story I remember reading about Dick Stuart when I was maybe 14 years old. Stuart hit 66 home runs for Lincoln in the Western Association in 1956, didn’t make the majors for a couple of years after that. Stuart said that when some young player in the Pirate system would hit 35 homers and drive in 100 runs, the club would get all excited about him, but that when he hit 66 homers and drove in 158 runs, the numbers were so fantastic that they didn’t know what to do with them, so they just wrote them off.
That’s Helton; his numbers at his best are so fantastic that people don’t know what to do with them, so they just ignore them. But my interpretation of his numbers is that he is above the line.
Who would you rather have, Puig or Bryce Harper?
Not sure. To me, Puig is in a line marked by Vladimir Guerrero on the one end and Jeff Francoeur on the other. He’s certainly out-played Harper this year.
Is it cherrypicking to point out Ike Davis’s untapped potential in his excellent 2010 defense, and his excellent 2011 power and his excellent 2013 OBP, or do you think he’s just been able to be good at various parts of his game but putting them all together is just fantasy?... When he’s a free agent this off-season, are you clamoring to sign him at 3 Million?
It is cherry picking, yes. If you put together his lack of power one year, his strikeouts the next, his lack of speed in all seasons and a .218 batting average in his last 800-plus at bats. ... $3 million seems like a lot.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Both are right fielders, 22-year-old right-handed batters who stand 6-foot-3 with big, raw power, more speed than guys their size should possess (Puig is a little faster) and strong throwing arms (Puig’s is probably a little stronger). Myers plays the more emotionally restrained and less theatrical American style of baseball. Both are going to be very good for a long time.
Anyway, I realize I didn’t answer the question. If forced, I guess Puig has a little more upside, especially if these early improvements he’s making in his strike zone judgment are legit. But I say that knowing Myers may very well develop into the better player, a .300 hitter with 35-homer power and above-average defense. It’s possible Puig loses that extra step in a couple of years and his defense and speed advantage even out to Myers. Plus, Myers may be that sneaky fast guy who knows how to steal bases—he’s 5-for-6, while Puig is 7-for-12. Myers is in a great organization with a great manager who will help him, and I don’t say that with the same trust in the Dodgers. Remember, too, their results are still small sample size stuff—are they really this good?
If we’re drafting 22-year-old outfielders, I take Mike Trout.
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Puig out for two hours!
• Rany reminds Joe that Vernon Wells hasn’t been playing too well lately.
• Will Bryce Harper’s career be affected by injuries? Maybe!
• Yasiel Puig on the All-Star team: Rany not against, Joe resolutely against.
• They agree that the Home Run Derby is lame (it would at least help if non-All-Stars could compete), a “skills competition” would be fun, and so forth.
• All-Star selections:
C: Joe Mauer, MIN (Rany & Joe). They meditate upon the mediocrity of Matt Wieters’ offense.
1B: Chris Davis, BAL (Rany); Prince Fielder, DET (Joe). Joe: “If you’re going to find a differentation between me and… the majority on this issue, the Fielder vs. Davis argument kind of encapsulates it.”
2B: Dustin Pedroia, BOS (Rany); Robinson Cano, NYY (Joe). Joe is insufferable about it.
SS: Jose Reyes, TOR (Rany); Elvis Andrus, TEX (Joe). Joe doesn’t like Rany’s idea that the Rangers trade Andrus to the Yankees.
3B: Miguel Cabrera, DET (Rany & Joe). Joe raises the spectre of a rerun of the Cabrera vs. Trout MVP debate, with Manny Machado in the Trout role.
OF: Alex Gordon, KC; Mike Trout, LAA; Jose Bautista, TOR (Rany & Joe)
DH: David Ortiz, BOS (Rany & Joe)
• Joe suggests banning mid-inning pitching changes in the All-Star Game. (Actually, he earlier suggested banning the All-Star Game altogether.)
C: Buster Posey, SF (Rany); Yadier Molina, STL (Joe). Joe: “Molina is running up against Chase Utley as the most underrated player of our generation… he’s gotta be in the discussion with the top short-peak catchers of all time.”
1B: Joey Votto, CIN (Rany & Joe). They agree that Paul Goldschmidt might not get any better than he is right now, but it’s impressive that he’s gotten this far (both offensively and defensively).
2B: Chase Utley, PHI (Rany); Brandon Phillips, CIN (Joe). Joe doesn’t like Utley’s spotty health record, but admits that the past couple of weeks may have changed his vote.
SS: Hanley Ramirez, LAD (Rany); Troy Tulowitzki, COL (Joe). Rany: “Andrelton Simmons plays defense better than anybody in the major leagues does any one specific skill… He is redefining the defense at that position.”
3B: David Wright, NYM (Rany & Joe)
OF: Ryan Braun, MIL; Andrew McCutchen, PHI; Carlos Beltran, STL (Rany & Joe)
Saturday, June 22, 2013
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