In many ways, the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ 2013 season was saved when Yasiel Puig made his MLB debut this June. However, all that glitters is not gold and despite his uncanny production — .346 batting average — the LA outfielder has upset more than a handful of people. This time, he’s getting on Dodgers manager Don Mattingly‘s bad side, which is never a good thing.
Puig rarely goes a game without doing something noteworthy and Wednesday was no different.
It was just a boring August game versus the Chicago Cubs, yet Puig had to turn it into a three-ring circus. Long story short; Puig got benched halfway through the game due to his piss-poor attitude and overall moxy.
At this point; Mattingly and the Dodgers’ fan base have created a monster. Obviously, in-game suspensions don’t work because Puig continues to act like a clown despite numerous “punishments.” This is not the time for Mattingly to sit on his high horse and bench Puig for four meaningless innings — that’s just fake toughness. Instead, LA’s manager must decide whether he wants to crack the whip or leave Puig and his antics alone for the time being.
One thing is for certain; Puig isn’t going to leave LA anytime soon, which means that Mattingly better get a grip on his best player before he loses his job and another manager is brought in to tame No. 66.