puig_home-run-derby

Never, Ever Let Another Dodger In The Home Run Derby

Earlier tonight, Chad wrote something very, very smart:

Puig enters with a .915 OPS, but only 12 homers. And he’s in the middle of a pretty bad homer drought, with only one since May 29. So the hype shouldn’t be all that significant, but it’s Puig and it’s bat flips and it’s the big stage, so it’s time for either total letdown or MAXIMUM PUIG

Guess which one happened. I barely remember Puig even stepping up to the plate, honestly. He might very well have seen the minimum seven pitches. If that’s not true, it’s because he was up and gone so quickly that by the time my brain was able to process math again, he was done. It was like he was never even there. Maybe I hallucinated it. Maybe he’s still going to hit later. But there was no MAXIMUM PUIG. There wasn’t even MINIMUM PUIG. How does one bat flip without a homer? (…he says, knowing this is Puig and that’s a silly question. But still.)

The last three Dodger appearances in the Derby — Puig this year, and Matt Kemp twice — have resulted in a total of four homers. In seven total appearances, they have 10 homers. Jose Bautista hit 10 homers in about eight minutes. Hee-Seop Choi is the Dodger HRD leader, now and forever. I don’t ever want to see another Dodger in the Home Run Derby again. It is the worst.


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Mike wrote daily for over six long years (2007-13) about the Dodgers at Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness, which was named 2011′s “Best Sports Blog” by LA Weekly. He can currently be found writing multiple times per week at FanGraphs and ESPN, has been a producer and editor for Sports on Earth, and built The Hardball Times. He lives in New York City and will probably be asleep or on vacation when awesome things happen.


271 comments
DBrim
DBrim moderator

This Astros/Aiken situation seems like a complete mess

finleysgrandslam
finleysgrandslam

I am pumped for the all-star game. The Home Run derby was so boring. Not just because Puig Dodgered it. Holy sleepy time. I think they need a new skills competition. Maybe a throwing contest for outfielders? I think it would be fun watching Dee & Hamilton play pickle, even. Get creative, MLB

TellMyWifeISaidHello
TellMyWifeISaidHello

Trade idea of day:

Glen Perkins and Kurt Suzuki for Darnell Sweeney/Scott Schebler and Chris Reed/Chris Anderson


NickEustrom
NickEustrom

Puig hit a pretty huge foul ball at the end!

organicallyrude
organicallyrude

The HR Derby was a snoozefest but SVS retweeted my tweet so all in all a great night

nsxtasy
nsxtasy

29 of our next 32 games are against teams with winning records.  Bring 'em on!

P_F_P
P_F_P

People VND hates:


1) people who tell her who she hates;

2) Lana

- Casey -
- Casey -

@DBrim It seems like a situation where the Astros are really putting the screws to this kid. I'm sure they think that it's just shrewd business (and I guess it is), but just because you find an anomaly on an MRI, does that mean you should give yourself a 50% discount?


The immortal Zack Greinke's words are ringing in my ears : "The teams are greedier than the players, just so you know."

DBrim
DBrim moderator

I thought the mailbag fired you

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

@LA_Woman DK must have paid a lot to have those pics he took of Dee to be shown on the scoreboard

nsxtasy
nsxtasy

Kind of odd that they scheduled our home-and-away series against the Brewers only a week apart, and the same with the home-and-away for the Braves.

Boxxybabee
Boxxybabee

@P_F_P VND is dead now. She doesn't hate anyone now that she's dead. She's dead.