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Friday, June 22, 2012

Badler: Chaos Ensues At Workout For Cuban Outfielder Yasiel Puig

That boy is a p-u-i-g puig!

What was expected to be a light workout for a Cuban defector today turned into international pandemonium, sending scouts scrambling and frustrated amidst the chaos.

Yasiel Puig, a 21-year-old Cuban outfielder, was supposed to have his first open workout today for scouts in Mexico. Jaime Torres, who says he is the agent for Puig, informed teams that Puig’s workout would begin today at 10 a.m. at the home stadium of the Mexico City Red Devils.

When it was time for the workout to begin, Puig was nowhere to be found.

On Wednesday, Baseball America had heard from multiple sources that Puig had left Torres and gone to Cancun, where he was supposedly now going to be represented by Rudy Santin, the former director of Latin American operations for Tampa Bay. Santin, according to club officials, had told them that he was now representing Puig and that the outfielder would be holding workouts in Cancun over the next week.

Puig had in fact been in Cancun with Santin, and eventually word spread among scouts at the Mexico City workout. Many of those scouts left, some of them to catch a plane to Cancun to follow Puig.

As it turned out, while those scouts were leaving, Puig was in the midst of departing Cancun to show up to Mexico City. He finally showed up in Mexico City with Torres and at noon began his workout, which consisted of just a batting practice session for whatever scouts were still in attendance. There were some teams this evening who hadn’t even realized that Puig had returned to Mexico City for his workout.

“This is a circus,” said one scout. “An absolute circus.”

JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: June 22, 2012 at 09:11 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: cuba, free agents

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   1. Boxkutter Posted: June 23, 2012 at 11:48 AM (#4164287)
I feel 'chaos' might be too strong of a word here. When I clicked on this article, I expected to read about shootings, stabbings, bloodbaths, and all-around pandemonium. Not poor communication and scheduling.
   2. boteman digs the circuit clout Posted: June 23, 2012 at 12:00 PM (#4164294)
+1 for #1. Agreed on all points.
   3. Loren F. Posted: June 23, 2012 at 12:32 PM (#4164301)
Ben Badler at home:
Badler: Where's that remote?... Oh god, I can't find the remote control! Jesus, god, where is it?! Oh Christ!...
Badler's roommate: It's on top of the TV.
Badler: I left it by the couch! Why didn't you tell me you'd moved it?!
Badler's roommate: I didn't think it was a big deal.
Badler: Didn't think it was a big deal!?! I expect the remote to be near the couch and you move it to god know's where! How am I supposed to deal with this chaos?!
Badler's roommate: 'Chaos'? Dude, maybe it's time for your Wellbutrin.
Badler: Yes, maybe you're right. Now, where is my Wellbutrin?... Holy mother of f***! I can't find my Wellbutrin! Entropy! Entropy!!!
Badler's roommate (shaking fist): Damn you, 'Craigslist rooms & shares'!
   4. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: June 23, 2012 at 01:25 PM (#4164316)
I feel 'chaos' might be too strong of a word here. When I clicked on this article, I expected to read about shootings, stabbings, bloodbaths, and all-around pandemonium. Not poor communication and scheduling.


I was hoping for pro- and/or anti-Castro protestors showing up and disrupting the proceedings, with accusations that Puig is betraying the Revolution followed by counter-charges that so and so is a marxisant and maybe an Earth First!er appearing to rub pine tar on the face of the Tampa scout while yelling, "Revenge for the trees!"
   5. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: June 23, 2012 at 03:21 PM (#4164383)
fascist revanchist switch hitter!!!!
   6. The District Attorney Posted: June 23, 2012 at 03:29 PM (#4164387)
Ben Badler at home:
Badler: I was on both Farscape and Stargate, so I can see why people get confused.
Badler's roommate: That was Ben Browder.
Badler: *disintegrates him with a ray gun*
   7. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: June 27, 2012 at 11:20 AM (#4167626)
Puig appears to have been granted free agency by MLB. Anybody actually know anything about him? He has to sign by July 2 so teams won't have much time to scout him.
   8. JJ1986 Posted: June 28, 2012 at 10:22 AM (#4168401)
Dodgers sign him for $40 million.
   9. rlc Posted: June 28, 2012 at 01:29 PM (#4168672)
Now he's as happy as a Puig in a shitload of money.
   10. The District Attorney Posted: June 28, 2012 at 01:53 PM (#4168696)
Hardball Talk:
It’s twice [the money that] most expected him to get and $6 million more than [Yoenis] Cespedes received from the A’s this spring.
Who knows, of course.

Amusingly, I looked at the picture and thought, "Jesus Christ, does anyone seriously believe that a Cuban claiming to be 21 years old looks like THAT??" before realizing who it was...
   11. Tripon Posted: June 28, 2012 at 01:58 PM (#4168703)
Submitted a story about the Puig signing already.
   12. Der-K: Hipster doofus Posted: June 28, 2012 at 02:14 PM (#4168725)
   13. The District Attorney Posted: June 28, 2012 at 02:59 PM (#4168790)
His DT
246/317/418 is pretty good for a 21-year-old.

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