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Puig's take on being benched

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07:21 AM ET 08.29 | These days, Yasiel Puig's transgressions are gaining more and more attention, and they certainly came to light this week. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly pulled star rookie Yasiel Puig from Wednesday's 4-0 win against the Chicago Cubs in the fifth inning for disciplinary reasons. Mattingly would not disclose the exact reason for Puig's benching. ... After the game, Puig met with Mattingly and general manager Ned Colletti in Mattingly's office for about 30 minutes. Puig said Mattingly explained his removal had to do with his defensive readiness. "I always give my best but, honestly, today there was some fatigue and I wasn't prepared," Puig said in Spanish. Puig said he agreed with Mattingly's decision. "The meeting was good," Puig said.

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August 29, 2013  07:55 AM ET

Yes...Long time coming!

August 29, 2013  08:25 AM ET

The kid has a lot of growing up to do.

August 29, 2013  08:44 AM ET

In the words of Hawk Harrelson: "Grab some bench."

August 29, 2013  08:52 AM ET

Would have happened even earlier if MLB had given into the temptation to put him in the ASG after a few weeks in the bigs.

August 29, 2013  09:13 AM ET
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The kid has a lot of growing up to do.

Yes he does. The off season will be interesting. Something tells me when he doesn't have to be at the ball park every day, he's going to do things that get him on TMZ a lot.

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August 29, 2013  09:32 AM ET

Once his testosterone level went back down a little he was just fine. He just has to time it better..

August 29, 2013  09:32 AM ET
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Yes he does. The off season will be interesting. Something tells me when he doesn't have to be at the ball park every day, he's going to do things that get him on TMZ a lot.

or he could play in other leagues that would hone his skills, but we shall see.

August 29, 2013  09:40 AM ET
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or he could play in other leagues that would hone his skills, but we shall see.

I don't think it's a skills issue - the reason - he was probably "distracted" in the outfield. Probably talking to fans, and not paying attention to when the pitch was coming. That's usually the case for "defensive readiness". Mattingly saw that he was distracted, and pulled him. And it sounds like Puig got the message as well. His response - was the right one.

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August 29, 2013  10:51 AM ET
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Doesn't seem right considering the likelihood that he is really 31 years old.

It's all part of the act.

August 29, 2013  11:04 AM ET
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Doesn't seem right considering the likelihood that he is really 31 years old.

LOL, great comment coming from a 10 year old baseball fan!!!!

August 29, 2013  11:14 AM ET

It took 3 years for the Cubbies to discipline Castro.

August 29, 2013  11:43 AM ET

honestly, today there was some fatigue and I wasn't prepared,"


Guy in his 20's, first year in the bigs, and he is fatigued?
Back in the day we would drink till closing time and be at work 8:00 the next morning for a full shift, now that was tough!

August 29, 2013  02:01 PM ET

Guy's out of control. Mattingly needs to reel him in.

August 29, 2013  02:22 PM ET

Puig is young, dumb, and full of kum. But on the bright side he's gifted, spirited, and willing to listen and admit to his mistakes. He'll learn. he has very good parents and was raised right. This is a lot for him to handle all at once. You who like to throw stones, I suggest you pelt your own house first.

August 29, 2013  03:37 PM ET
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You who like to throw stones, I suggest you pelt your own house first.

What's your address?

August 29, 2013  04:38 PM ET
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he has very good parents and was raised right. This is a lot for him to handle all at once.

The guy tried to run away from home twice. Made it out the second time....

 
August 29, 2013  05:02 PM ET

maybe Puig is getting the message. Making the starting lineup has to be earned, not because you think you have the right to start. Also once you earn the starting line up you have to continue to stay focused and continue to earn your spot.

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