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There’s valid criticism of Yasiel Puig out there, but Bill Plaschke is delusional

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So last night after the game, I quipped that it would be hilarious if Bill Plaschke wrote a column today to somehow blame this game on Yasiel Puig.

I was being snarky, but he seriously tried to.

One of the few familiar sights at Petco was the play of Yasiel Puig, who encapsulated his 2013 struggles in the first inning alone, striking out wildly on three pitches and then overthrowing the cutoff man from right field.

In more Puig news — can there ever be enough? — there has been clarification on a report last week that Mattingly called a team meeting about Puig. Actually, it was Puig who summoned several players hanging around the clubhouse and asked them if anybody had a problem with the way he played.

One veteran spoke up. Then another. Both had the same problem, that Puig was playing too fast and loose with their championship hopes.

There is no sign yet that he has listened, but at least on this night, the losing story revolved around the older guys.
“It’s a hard one to swallow,” Wilson said shortly after a hopeful Dodgers nation quietly took the 2014 season’s first uncomfortable gulp.

Look, I know this was probably for page views so don’t click the whole article, but I had to address this.

Why? Cause it’s deluded. Hell, after the game I was mocking the fact that Puig had a boring game of hitting the cut-off man because of Plaschke’s previous column.


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The fact is that Puig hit the cut-off man three times in a row in yesterday’s game. On the play Plaschke is talking about, Hanley Ramirez cut the ball and then dropped the ball and cost them an out either on the throw to third or at second.

But hey, maybe I’m the delusional one, right? So don’t take my word for it. Even ESPN, who has been pushing the “Puig is the worst” story all broadcast long, put the speculation on Hanley’s decision to cut the ball in the first place.

They even later pointed out that Hanley and Juan Uribe were debating it on the field.

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They later went in for a mound meeting to talk about it more after this stare down ended.

The broadcasters went on to speculate on Hanley’s decision, and even John Kruk described it as an “unbelievable throw” that was “right on the money” and mentioned that Hanley/Uribe had to communicate better. The broadcast team then spent the rest of the game nitpicking at Puig’s decision-making and plate discipline, so I’m sure they would have loved to drill him for this as well.

But they didn’t … because it’s nuts to think it was a reflection of Puig being some kind of uncontrollable animal or something.

So basically Plaschke is now saying he KNOWS Puig is at fault, even if the actual players involved blame themselves. Ugh.

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Look, I understand that the fan backlash towards the media for reporting concerns about Puig is overwhelming at times, and some of that is delusional as well. But it’s articles like this that made the fans so defensive against anything that happens with Puig’s situation to begin with. Because even when criticism of Puig is warranted and the concerns are real, how are we supposed to sort out what is trash (like this) and what is actually true? Especially if the thing we CAN see and confirm (play on the field) is lied about so blatantly. How are fans just supposed to later take your word that you’re not being equally deluded behind the scenes as well?

THAT is why people doubt reports. The columnists (and sometimes reporters) often do it to themselves by writing garbage like this or whining about Spring Training stats and alleged slumps that never happened.

Blame the fans for “having blinders on” all you want, but if the fans have them on, then it’s because certain media members have essentially rendered all of their Puig reports/articles/opinions moot by, ironically, “crying wolf” about him too often.

Congrats.



300 comments
LoveThePenguin
LoveThePenguin

Getting flustered about Plaschke writing something stupid is like starting a day mad because the sun came up.

Saber Nightmare
Saber Nightmare

Plaschke is a well established troglodyte who essentially writes bigoted nonsense about whoever he decides to complain about, usually someone infiltrating his yard by being young.  Remember the bizarre computer references about DePodesta?

StephenDimig
StephenDimig

It looked more to me like Puig got the message and was trying to make throws that can be cut-off. Bill Plaschke most have been watching a different game. Plus ... lots of guys struck out against Cashner. That guy is good.

MScottEiland
MScottEiland

Every time that single sentence paragraph spewing moron Plaschke wins a major journalism award, every other sports journalist who writes in that category should chop off one of their finger joints Yakuza-style in penance for their utter incompetence for allowing that to happen.  Any sentient human should be able to out-write Plaschke by chugging a quart of black ink and vomiting it onto a section of newsprint.  Jim Murray must be spinning in his grave so fast right now that you could power the entire Western Hemisphere by attaching his decayed @$$ to a generator.

Raul Franklin
Raul Franklin

I think we should all just ignore Plaschke.

He cannot be given any validity because he only damages the dialogue on the Dodgers.

The best thing that comes from his columns is a bit of extra clarity in the arguments against him, but it seems sadly evident that he and those who believe what he writes will never care how coherent his opponents are.

Barney (Not Darwin)
Barney (Not Darwin)

On MLB Network they showed Carlos Gomez trying to take third after Justin Upton bobbled the ball.  Gomez was thrown out by a lot and the MLB Network guy immediately said, "That's just like Yasiel Puig, he won't stop." twice. So I guess from now on when a runner gets too aggressive and gets thrown out, it'll be referred to as "being like Puig."

TheConman
TheConman

Is there a reason the yankees/astros arent playing until tomorrow?

Shroom
Shroom

We've lost more games than the Astros this month.

Shroom
Shroom

Did it seem like ESPN was really pulling for the Padres yesterday?

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler moderator

Negative. Will do a post when all the rosters are announced. Quakes' roster coming our later today.

Jeremy_N
Jeremy_N

that didnt really work they way i planned.

JackedNate
JackedNate

@Barney G  As directly opposed to Jeter'ing. A Puig can Jeter on a good day but a Jeter can never Puig.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@TheConman  they try to split up games, leaving Tuesday open in most coldweather cities in case it needs to be postponed.

The Stros have have no such need for that extra day b/c they have roof.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

They were pushing the Puig narrative, but no, I did not think so.

Barney (Not Darwin)
Barney (Not Darwin)

@Catfishin   Well the Dodgers are apparently playing the role of the "bad guys" this season. I guess I was naive in thinking that a major sports network would refrain from openly rooting against a team.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@DBrim  his technique is similar to those of old movie theatres tampering with film to put ads for coke and snacks

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Mets Kevin needs to learn how to make a watermark.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@Catfishin @Purple Drank  meh. it's an exciting moment in a close baseball game. Schulman did the exact same thing when Kershaw hit the HR on opening day last year.