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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Bill Plaschke is very, very happy that Yasiel Puig is gone

When Yasiel Puig was traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Cincinnati Reds, one of the first people I thought of was Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke. I didn’t just think, though. I worried. I worried what Plaschke would do now that he was being deprived of one of his favorite punching bags.

And make no mistake: Plaschke hated Puig. Hated him with the heat of a thousand suns. He hated him so much that he became unhinged at times.

We’ve chronicled it before. He hated Puig’s bat flips and swagger. He hit him way, way harder for base running mistakes and missing the cutoff man than he’d ever hit anyone else, attributing such things to Puig’s inherent lack of character. When an opposing pitcher got crappy and chippy with Puig, it was somehow Puig’s fault (of course when other players do it, it’s fine). And no, Puig’s horrible, destructive nature was not limited to what he did on the baseball field. According to Plaschke Puig’s own personal history put Dodgers fans’ lives at risk.

Sincere question, for those who know:

How, in this world where the press (and, increasingly, not just the printed press, either) is in such a terrible shape, has Plaschke not ended up dancing for nickles under the pier?

 

QLE Posted: March 30, 2019 at 08:26 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: bill plaschke, idiot, yasiel puig

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   1. asinwreck Posted: March 30, 2019 at 09:06 AM (#5826991)
   2. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: March 30, 2019 at 10:54 AM (#5827000)
How do the Reds’ announcers feel about Puig? They seem like the kind of guys who wouldn’t like his style.
   3. Davo Posted: March 30, 2019 at 11:10 AM (#5827002)
* The story reports that late in the summer of 2012, the smugglers still wanted their money, and threatened to harm Puig unless he paid. Now that Puig is a multi-millionaire, are the smugglers still involved, and could that involvement one day lead to Dodger Stadium?

• The story notes that in the fall of 2012, one of the smugglers was killed, execution-style, after Puig allegedly complained about the harassment to his former agent, Gilberto Suarez. Could there be revenge involved, and could that one day lead to Dodger Stadium?

yep those were my immediate concerns too mm hmm.
   4. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: March 30, 2019 at 11:14 AM (#5827004)
Maybe you shouldn't be raising those concerns, Bill. You might be painting a target on your back.
   5. Dolf Lucky Posted: March 30, 2019 at 11:55 AM (#5827010)
How do the Reds’ announcers feel about Puig? They seem like the kind of guys who wouldn’t like his style.


It's only been one game but Thom Brennaman noted how popular Puig was with his teammates and Brennaman appeared to react positively to Puig's style of play. He also noted that Puig's game has some deficiencies, which is probably both true and an opportunity for future griping if Puig doesn't have a good year.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 30, 2019 at 11:56 AM (#5827012)
Primey for #1.
   7. Jose is an Absurd Time Cube Posted: March 30, 2019 at 12:10 PM (#5827016)
How, in this world where the press (and, increasingly, not just the printed press, either) is in such a terrible shape, has Plaschke not ended up dancing for nickles under the pier?


Because the Plaschkes of the world get clicks. No one reads “Yasiel Puig Was A Complicated Man Like Many Others”but people read “Yasiel Puig is The Latest Example of a Lazy Latino.” Newspapers don’t care if you read it because you agree or want to hate read it as long as you read it.

Look at the stories that get attention here. A well thought out even handed piece gets no traction, there is nothing to argue about. But write something dumb or or ignorant and it’s off the to the races.
   8. Rob_Wood Posted: March 30, 2019 at 04:11 PM (#5827076)
Look at the stories that get attention here. A well thought out even handed piece gets no traction, there is nothing to argue about. But write something dumb or or ignorant and it’s off the to the races.


I was expecting a different last word!
   9. Ken Griffey Junior Bacon Cheeseburger Posted: March 30, 2019 at 05:30 PM (#5827091)
How do the Reds’ announcers feel about Puig? They seem like the kind of guys who wouldn’t like his style.


Between Puig and Votto, I'm waiting for Marty Brennaman to spontaneously combust in the booth.
   10. Sunday silence Posted: March 31, 2019 at 01:00 AM (#5827160)
Newspapers don’t care if you read it because you agree or want to hate read it as long as you read it.


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