YasielPuigBattingPractice

Yasiel Puig benched for being late, and deservedly so

YasielPuigBattingPractice

Yasiel Puig was benched for being late to today’s home opener against the Giants and will be replaced in the lineup by Matt Kemp, who was just activated off the DL for today’s game.

How late was he? Late enough to miss batting practice.

Almost a couple hours then. Not helping himself.

This is not exactly a new thing for Puig, as the tardiness issue dates back to the reason he was benched last season.

I suspect many fans will not be happy about this, but while I love Puig and believe stuff involving him gets played up all the time, I support Don Mattingly in this decision. This is not the same as Bill Plaschke literally fabricating things to complain about, as Puig’s consistent tardiness in the face of the rest of the clubhouse is an issue that should be punished, and Mattingly has to think about the rest of the team.

Maybe there’s a reason for this, but if it was valid, surely Mattingly and staff would have understood. So for now, we can only hope that he fixes this issue going forward so it doesn’t become more of a problem.



337 comments
InsideThePark (Fulton County)
InsideThePark (Fulton County)

The Giants broke Hyun-Jin Ryu's toys today. That 2-out walk and allll downhill from there. Paper cut cut cut.

P_F_P
P_F_P

What if Kemp hit 4 HRs today?

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

don't worry guys! the next Dodgers offday is just 3 days away!

Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson

While waiting for the game to start, I have the annual four-part PCL preview kicking off today. Topes are in a new division (even the players weren't sure who they're in it with), which will feature some pretty good prospects, particularly on a stacked Las Vegas team. If any of ya are contemplating coming to ABQ for a game (or to Vegas), here's the look at the teams besides the Topes: 

http://www.examiner.com/list/pcl-preview-realignment-comes-into-focus-all-divisions

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

too bad daniel is doing his laundry right now

JackedNate
JackedNate

RIP LOBO, he would've loved this discussion about tardiness.

RustyH
RustyH

Puig should have drove faster to the stadium

TheDeliMan
TheDeliMan

Did anyone else see reports that Donnie wanted to ease Kemp back into games?  Might SVS be given a start today instead?

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@Chris Jackson  Chris, I did my MLB Power Drankings for the first time. I placed the Pirates 6th because I like you

Matt Kemp's Bath Towel
Matt Kemp's Bath Towel


@Chris Jackson Not sure it is appropriate to publish anything not Puig-related at this time. Kind of insensitive to the innocent people who have suffered because of Puig's actions.

Raul Franklin
Raul Franklin

@Mike Petriello @Raul Franklin  Sorry you had to live through that.

Perhaps there will be more people with t-shirt cannons at games to make up for the indignity of waiting for umpires to remember what they are supposed to be doing on a pitch-by-pitch basis.