Posted February 17, 2014

Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig plans to play less aggressively this season

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Yasiel Puig finished second in voting for the NL rookie of the year award in 2013.(Lisa Blumenfeld/getty Images)

Yasiel Puig finished second in voting for the NL Rookie of the Year award in 2013. (Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig says he will dial back his playing style this season in an effort to make fewer mistakes, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.

Puig drew some ire in his rookie season for his spirited play, including his home run celebrations, and was chastised for being too aggressive both in the field and in the batter’s box, missing throws to cutoff men and swinging at unhittable pitches.

The second-year player said he will spend spring training working on learning how to slow the game down, but he says he still wants to keep fans entertained.

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“The fans go to the stadium to enjoy themselves. After work, they spend their free time watching us play. We have to do our best to entertain them… If the outfielder moves slowly to the ball, I’m going to try to take another base,” [Puig] said. “The more bases we take, the more runs we can score.”


8 comments
mantle77777
mantle77777

I'm a Yankee fan so no love loss for the Dodgers here, but.....Puig has a lot of natural talent and it sounds like he is maturing.  Maybe some of his coaches spoke with him also and now he is listening.  I think he will have a good solid second year and then who knows from there.

mistercharlie
mistercharlie

The weird thing is, just yesterday I watched this "baseball legends" dvd, and there was an interview with Willie Mays, who said kind of the same thing Puig did.  "I am an entertainer."


Not trying to equate Puig to Mays, mind you.  But still, he's got a point.

The_truth_hurts
The_truth_hurts

He'll be in the minors by May. Flash in the pan player who can't handle the fame. My guess is he's on PED's. Probably got them from Kemp. This team will struggle mightily this year.

Disbott3000
Disbott3000

@The_truth_hurts  I'm no Puig fan by any stretch, but I don't think you're giving him enough credit for the talent he has. He has the right idea about being a more disciplined player and, if he can learn to not act like a baseball version of Johnny Football (obnoxious brat), he has the potential to be even better this year than last.


Of course, there is also the distinct possibility that teams around the league will have figured out his weaknesses in the offseason and he will struggle mightily this year. That IS a possibility as well. As a Non-Dodgers fan, that's what I'll be hoping for anyway.