Yasiel Puig: I Can't Even Think of a Word That Rhymes!

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John Autin on High Heat Stats: "On a tangent, I have a prediction: Puig’s BA this year winds up below .300."

Poll Results

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.300-.324 6
.500+ (still hasn't gotten hot) 2
.325-.349 2
.275-.299 2
.250-.274 2
under .250 1
.350-.500 0


clemenza, Saturday, 6 July 2013 14:45 (six years ago) link

Yes, I know--nobody cares about BA.

clemenza, Saturday, 6 July 2013 14:46 (six years ago) link

http://brightlightsfilm.com/42/42_images/cainecolor.jpg

mookieproof, Saturday, 6 July 2013 23:05 (six years ago) link

struck out three times tonite, went after absolutely anything with that huge swing.

"looks good strikin' out don't he" quoteth dodgers manager

zvookster, Sunday, 7 July 2013 02:36 (six years ago) link

bonehead attempt at stealing just there

Van Horn Street, Sunday, 7 July 2013 21:12 (six years ago) link

It was pointed out in an ESPN chat that Puig's first month in the majors was quite similar to Jeff Francoeur's.

also holy hell, I just noticed yesterday that Hanley is outhitting him.

playwright Greg Marlowe, secretly in love with Mary (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 10 July 2013 14:54 (six years ago) link

1-7 last night, dropping him below the celebrated "Williams Line"...I voted optimistically: .325-.349.

clemenza, Thursday, 11 July 2013 18:56 (six years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Saturday, 13 July 2013 00:01 (six years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Sunday, 14 July 2013 00:01 (six years ago) link

July line:

.254/.286/.356

playwright Greg Marlowe, secretly in love with Mary (Dr Morbius), Monday, 22 July 2013 11:38 (six years ago) link

Hanley has been doing better than Puig even before he fell off a cliff

panettone for the painfully alone (mayor jingleberries), Monday, 22 July 2013 15:37 (six years ago) link

May have discovered the walk--eight in his last 11 games. If he were to play every game the rest of the way, and continued getting up to bat at the same rate (3.87 AB per game), he'd have to hit .119 (24/201) to fall below .250. He'd stay above .300 hitting .224 (45/201), and he'd need to hit .274 (55/201) to finish up at .325. Unlikely he'll play every game, though, making all of those slightly easier.

He still hasn't had more than a mini-slump; .300-.324 looks pretty good.

clemenza, Monday, 5 August 2013 12:27 (six years ago) link

yeah the mini-slump seems to be over, .390/.490/.707 over his last 11 games. his power has been way down since that first month, although there really wasn't any other direction for it to go

k3vin k., Tuesday, 6 August 2013 12:00 (six years ago) link

that gif is a++

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 6 August 2013 12:04 (six years ago) link

he has 10 walks in the last 13 games. the league should be afraid if he keeps it up.

panettone for the painfully alone (mayor jingleberries), Thursday, 8 August 2013 15:34 (six years ago) link

how he has adjusted to the adjustments

http://baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=21501

Miss Arlington twirls for the Coal Heavers (Dr Morbius), Monday, 12 August 2013 19:57 (six years ago) link

nice throw: http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?content_id=29721587

mookieproof, Thursday, 15 August 2013 23:31 (six years ago) link

I think his WAR pro-rated is still higher than any position player--3.8 in 63 games going into play today.

clemenza, Saturday, 17 August 2013 01:28 (six years ago) link

depends which you use - trout's on pace for 11.0 fWAR (through 119 games), puig "just" 7.7

k3vin k., Saturday, 17 August 2013 01:34 (six years ago) link

I go by Baseball Reference. I'm on that site all the time anyway.

clemenza, Saturday, 17 August 2013 01:37 (six years ago) link

so per this morning's BP podcast, a lot of "writers" are worried that Puig's "lack of discipline" will cost the Dodgers postseason games! Backlash sure can be funny.

http://www.baseballnation.com/2013/8/21/4644214/yasiel-puig-dodgers-mistakes-errors-fielding-running

Miss Arlington twirls for the Coal Heavers (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 22 August 2013 15:05 (six years ago) link

Didn't read the article but I'm pretty sure if they don't bring puig up they wouldn't even be talking about postseason games

ω (carne asada), Thursday, 22 August 2013 15:55 (six years ago) link

Hmmm, I wouldn't go that far... he's a 4-win player? That doesn't account for the lead over the Dbacks right now, unless you believe he Makes Players Around Him Better (TM).

Miss Arlington twirls for the Coal Heavers (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 22 August 2013 16:20 (six years ago) link

you can basically boil it down to hanely and puig

J0rdan S., Thursday, 22 August 2013 16:21 (six years ago) link

they've both been key to the turnaround, sure, but let's not flirt with Shannon Stewart Syndrome.

Puig and Ramirez are exceeded in WAR by Kershaw and Ryu. Or Kershaw and Paco Rodriguez.

Miss Arlington twirls for the Coal Heavers (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 22 August 2013 16:28 (six years ago) link

Agree with that. Puig's arrival (June 3) and Ramirez's return (June 4) were almost simultaneous. The Dodgers have been 50-20 starting on June 4. (If you wanted a counter-argument, they didn't start winning immediately: from June 4 to June 21, they were 6-10. That's when they took off.)

But I do believe that the arrival of certain players can spark a team in ways that can't be measured, sure, though not in the way Morbius dismisses the idea.

clemenza, Thursday, 22 August 2013 16:30 (six years ago) link

Dodgers big turnaround was stabilizing their rotation with Kershaw-Greinke-Ryu-Nolasco-Capuano. They had 8 starters going into the season and were on their 9th in about 2 weeks. The bullpen turnaround with the intro of Withrow and promotion of Paco and Jansen to higher leverage situations staunched the bleeding there. Hanley replaced mendoza line production from SS. Puig made up for the complete absence of Kemp, and Either started hitting higher than .220.

panettone for the painfully alone (mayor jingleberries), Thursday, 22 August 2013 18:40 (six years ago) link

puig replaced by skip schumaker to start the fifth today -- 'manager's decision'

mookieproof, Wednesday, 28 August 2013 20:40 (five years ago) link

yeah the hell is mattingly's problem

k3vin k., Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:54 (five years ago) link

"lack of hustle"

zvookster, Thursday, 29 August 2013 01:52 (five years ago) link

I think the lack of playoff races is making the media desperate for stories. This one has developments every now and again but at its core its stupid and boring. if he still plays like a dingleberry and hits .350 nobody will care

panettone for the painfully alone (mayor jingleberries), Thursday, 29 August 2013 17:04 (five years ago) link

except mattingly i guess

k3vin k., Thursday, 29 August 2013 17:39 (five years ago) link

mattingly's not going to do that in a game that counts

mookieproof, Thursday, 29 August 2013 17:41 (five years ago) link

sore knee for Yasi, day to day I guess

Miss Arlington twirls for the Coal Heavers (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 3 September 2013 14:38 (five years ago) link

Interesting "Hey Bill":

Who would you rather have, Puig or Bryce Harper?
Asked by: Steve9753

Answered: 9/11/2013
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.

Puig's been great, but long-term, I sure would feel a lot safer with Harper.

clemenza, Wednesday, 11 September 2013 18:44 (five years ago) link

Didn't realize he already had a nickname: "Wild Horse" according to Baseball Reference.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFLJFl7ws_0

clemenza, Thursday, 19 September 2013 17:46 (five years ago) link

three weeks pass...

umps enraged by "antics"

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20131018&content_id=63112940

eclectic husbandry (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 19 October 2013 13:00 (five years ago) link

aw poor umps

mookieproof, Saturday, 19 October 2013 13:56 (five years ago) link

Dee Gordon in the red laces

Andy K, Wednesday, 23 October 2013 22:56 (five years ago) link

yasiel plush

mookieproof, Wednesday, 23 October 2013 23:24 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Weird that four voters thought him ROY, but not outlandish, I guess--6.3-5.0 isn't that big gap in WAR. If you look at historical context, though, not to mention Cy Young stats for a team that lost 100...

clemenza, Tuesday, 12 November 2013 03:48 (five years ago) link

I'm being silly. When you think about how much of an early jump Puig had, and all the attention he attracted, 26-4 is a very reasonable result.

clemenza, Tuesday, 12 November 2013 04:04 (five years ago) link

puig would have been a deserving ROY in a lot of other years (and in the AL this year). and i generally think the gap between him and jose has been overstated

twist boat veterans for stability (k3vin k.), Tuesday, 12 November 2013 04:10 (five years ago) link

I agree--after a moment's thought, I realized I was doing the kind of nitpicking I hate. Also, Fernandez made up so much ground the last month, credit to the voters for not freezing the vote in August.

clemenza, Tuesday, 12 November 2013 04:16 (five years ago) link

not that fernandez's season wasn't historic, of course. but puig had a pretty insane season (or 2/3 of a season) too, 4th in the majors in wRC+

twist boat veterans for stability (k3vin k.), Tuesday, 12 November 2013 04:20 (five years ago) link

going to Japan with the touring "all-star" team

http://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2014/11/7/7174537/mlb-announces-japan-all-star-series-roster

things lose meaning over time (Dr Morbius), Monday, 10 November 2014 18:36 (four years ago) link

five months pass...

Dodgers' Yasiel Puig wants to cut down on bat flips

noooo

mookieproof, Tuesday, 14 April 2015 18:44 (four years ago) link

but how will he make madison bumgarner irrationally angry now?

slothroprhymes, Tuesday, 14 April 2015 20:18 (four years ago) link

oh wait, nvm, there are like 93,872,691 other ways he can do that

slothroprhymes, Tuesday, 14 April 2015 20:22 (four years ago) link

nine months pass...

@McCulloughTimes
The Dodgers have told Yasiel Puig he can not, theoretically, fly a helicopter to Dodger Stadium. Federal law prohibits it, the FAA says.

mookieproof, Friday, 26 February 2016 21:06 (three years ago) link

"theoretically"

lute bro (brimstead), Saturday, 27 February 2016 00:24 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

MLB concludes dom violence investigation, finds no grounds for discipline

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 17 March 2016 11:30 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

OMG this slide http://www.si.com/mlb/2016/04/12/video-dodgers-yasiel-puig-slide-avoids-tag

k3vin k., Tuesday, 12 April 2016 21:59 (three years ago) link

<3

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 12 April 2016 22:02 (three years ago) link

incredible

Better Pau Gasol (Spottie), Tuesday, 12 April 2016 22:11 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

https://twitter.com/YasielPuig/status/726110591769665536

mookieproof, Friday, 29 April 2016 18:18 (three years ago) link

#PuigYourFriend #PuigNotLate

mookieproof, Friday, 29 April 2016 18:23 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

seems to have burned his bridges in Dodgerland

http://www.espn.com/blog/los-angeles/dodger-report/post/_/id/20883/yasiel-puig-so-what-happens-next

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 4 August 2016 20:24 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

an 'unknown team' has claimed Puig off waivers

http://m.mlb.com/news/article/198549100/dodgers-yasiel-puig-claimed-off-waivers/

I look forward to hearing from you shortly, (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 30 August 2016 23:38 (two years ago) link

i can confirm that it was my trivia team

I look forward to hearing from you shortly, (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 30 August 2016 23:39 (two years ago) link

I'd figure Atlanta, but I wouldn't be surprised if Cincy also took a shot at trading for him as I think they might have tried to get him a few months ago.

earlnash, Wednesday, 31 August 2016 01:14 (two years ago) link

please don't be the padres

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Wednesday, 31 August 2016 01:40 (two years ago) link

Jim Bowden:

"Dodgers will not be trading Puig after being claimed on trade waivers at least until the off-season. The claiming team had more interest in blocking than making an earnest attempt to trade for him according to source"

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 31 August 2016 17:04 (two years ago) link

looking good so far. if you aren't rooting for him you're a punk

qualx, Sunday, 4 September 2016 23:13 (two years ago) link

eight months pass...

tonight, i just realized he is wearing glasses on the field now. v. cool look. love it.

Van Horn Street, Thursday, 4 May 2017 03:33 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DCPoQ5SWsAE2KJI.jpg

Andy K, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 01:25 (two years ago) link

@BNightengale
Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig has received 1-game suspension and fine for his obscene gesture last night, but has elected to appeal.

Andy K, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 22:21 (two years ago) link

<3 http://deadspin.com/the-mets-are-pissed-at-yasiel-puig-for-admiring-his-hom-1796325948 <3

love this dude

na (NA), Thursday, 22 June 2017 14:23 (two years ago) link

Puig should've worn the Mr. Met outfit on his day off

frogbs, Thursday, 22 June 2017 14:26 (two years ago) link

Flores said he told Puig to “run the bases.” Puig responded, according to Flores, “Fuck you.”

pretty much the best possible response

frogbs, Thursday, 22 June 2017 14:26 (two years ago) link

respect to reyes and cespedes for trying to deal with this like grown-ups, even though i think they're still wrong

na (NA), Thursday, 22 June 2017 14:29 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

On his home run, Yasiel Puig said he thought he got enough to hit it out, but then "I saw the outfielder saying 'I got it.' I guess the wind helped me a little tonight," he smiled. Then asked if this is the most fun he's had playing baseball, he joked, "I've had fun since 4 years old."

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 15 October 2017 13:03 (one year ago) link

Sounds like the words of someone who doesn’t know how to play the game the right way

Karl Malone, Sunday, 15 October 2017 13:45 (one year ago) link

i don't think that last sentence was a joke, either

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 15 October 2017 13:58 (one year ago) link

https://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/demonstrative-takes-by-yasiel-puig/

na (NA), Wednesday, 25 October 2017 21:41 (one year ago) link

^^came to post this

k3vin k., Friday, 27 October 2017 12:17 (one year ago) link

ha love it

Spottie, Friday, 27 October 2017 16:28 (one year ago) link

“Fucking baby Stadium.” Yasiel Puig as he bangs balls over the railroad at Minute Maid Park

(•̪●) (carne asada), Friday, 27 October 2017 19:23 (one year ago) link

ten months pass...

Three HR today, five in two games.

clemenza, Saturday, 15 September 2018 23:54 (eleven months ago) link

ten months pass...

How can you not love a guy who's out there brawling on behalf of the team that just traded him?

clemenza, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 15:56 (three weeks ago) link

that is an instant classic Puig moment, in a career that is full of them

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 16:04 (three weeks ago) link

Hope he stays productive enough to play till he's 40. He seems very much in the tradition of Fidrych/Mickey Rivers/John Kruk-type characters you never forget.

clemenza, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 16:59 (three weeks ago) link

https://media.golfdigest.com/photos/5cab5bcd8a55807b1d53b642/master/w_960,c_limit/Screen%2520Shot%25202019-04-08%2520at%252010.00.22%2520AM.png

I really hope Puig pays someone to paint this and put it over his mantle in his mansion.

earlnash, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 17:00 (three weeks ago) link

has it been confirmed he knew he was traded?

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 17:06 (three weeks ago) link

The interesting question is, in light of how mercurial Puig's season was, and weighing that against how much of a roll of the dice young pitchers are, who would you rather have going forward? Puig's about a year-and-a-half older.

― clemenza, Monday, November 11, 2013 11:28 PM

I.e., Puig or Jose Fernandez--a question I wish I hadn't asked.

(That crossed my mind too--my guess is, even though it undermines the story, probably not.)

clemenza, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 17:07 (three weeks ago) link

I really hope Puig pays someone to paint this and put it over his mantle in his mansion.

it's am amazing shot all around, down to little details like Puig's number, right in the center, being the only immediately visible one in the image (you can make out small numbers on the other jerseys but none of them pop out in the same way)

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 17:27 (three weeks ago) link

who is the Red holding his ankles? along with the Hurdle-helmed Pirates surging forward against Puig, it comes off like a pastiche of military paintings

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 17:31 (three weeks ago) link

Got a little choked up at that last moment when he came off the field and that fan in the front row, right in front of him, was waving that Reds #66 jersey at him.

timellison, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 17:37 (three weeks ago) link

i did some investigating and I think Tucker Barnhart is holding Puig's ankles there.

omar little, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 17:58 (three weeks ago) link

two weeks pass...

What a guy!

Puig our imitator. 😂 pic.twitter.com/VKcVJK9HFb

— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) August 18, 2019

clemenza, Sunday, 18 August 2019 20:03 (four days ago) link


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