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Report: Yasiel Puig angered NLCS umpiring crew

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09:06 AM ET 10.19 | Why were Dodgers president Stan Kasten and MLB executive Joe Torre in a heated conversation during batting practice before Game 6 of the National League Championship Series? It probably has something to do with Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig and umpires, according to a baseball source. Puig has enraged the crew, which believes he is showing up umpires at home plate. It nearly came to a head in Game 5 when Puig was called out on strikes by plate umpire Ted Barrett and stood in the batter's box, left hand on hip, staring at Barrett. Earlier in the at-bat, Puig said something to Barrett, who came out from behind the plate, brushed off the plate and apparently said something to Puig. Earlier in that game, Barrett called out Hanley Ramirez on a third strike and Ramirez shook his head repeatedly and had some words with Barrett as he walked away. In a regular-season game, Puig might have been ejected. Before each postseason series, however, umpires meet with managers and general managers and explain that, because of the importance of the series, umpires will exercise restraint on ejections, as long as uniform personnel don't take advantage of their patience.

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October 19, 2013  09:25 AM ET

Everybody has some growing up to do, unfortunately this kid has to do it on National TV.

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October 19, 2013  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I like his passion for the game, but hate his immaturity.

Yeah, he is only 22 years old and hopefully he will grow up in the future.

October 19, 2013  10:57 AM ET

That throw home was funny though. Sad to see it was not just a little higher, had a chance for the stands.

October 19, 2013  11:01 AM ET

Another example of how Mattingly mismanaged this team. If he doesn't get control of this kid soon, he's going to end up as another Hanley Ramirez - and not in a good way.

October 19, 2013  11:08 AM ET

The Dodgers had a great season. Sorry to see it end, but the Cards are the best MLB franchise in baseball. They lose players after refusing to overpay them and all they do is.....

October 19, 2013  12:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I like his passion for the game, but hate his immaturity.

the thing with the dodgers hitters, they refuse to accept their inability to be aggressive at the plate, or else how can they explain been call out on strikes looking?
perhaps the hitters expected help from the umpires crew :-)

October 19, 2013  01:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Another example of how Mattingly mismanaged this team. If he doesn't get control of this kid soon, he's going to end up as another Hanley Ramirez - and not in a good way.

LMFAO, another good comment coming from a "GIANTS HOMER"!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)

October 19, 2013  01:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

the thing with the dodgers hitters, they refuse to accept their inability to be aggressive at the plate, or else how can they explain been call out on strikes looking?perhaps the hitters expected help from the umpires crew :-)

Good comment, I noticed that too.

October 19, 2013  01:06 PM ET

Too bad his season is over; it's entertaining watching the kid do silly things, irritate others around him.

October 19, 2013  01:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

LMFAO, another good comment coming from a "GIANTS HOMER"!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)

As a "Giants homer" I hope they keep Mattingly forever and a day. He's not a good manager at all. He was in over his head in the postseason and it cost his team as much as the injuries did. Hell, his management of the injuries was a huge part of their problem. For example, why was Hanley Ramirez, who clearly could neither hit nor field effectively, in the lineup at all - much less batting cleanup?

October 19, 2013  01:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

As a "Giants homer" I hope they keep Mattingly forever and a day. He's not a good manager at all. He was in over his head in the postseason and it cost his team as much as the injuries did. Hell, his management of the injuries was a huge part of their problem. For example, why was Hanley Ramirez, who clearly could neither hit nor field effectively, in the lineup at all - much less batting cleanup?

WWJ, as I always say, it's great to be an American, as we all have an opinion. :-)

October 19, 2013  01:37 PM ET

The guys who just smoked Puig and the Dodgers, mainly Wacha, Martinez, and Rosenthal are all 22yrs old and apparently have had better role models and examples of how a professional baseball player and young man should conduct himself in public. Find it amusing the Dodgers rationalize unprofessional, hot dog, style points, all about me behavior, and call it growing up....So Hollywood and the mantra of losing.

October 19, 2013  02:13 PM ET

Very good point, but IMO Puig's problem is that he just came from Cuba and doesn't know how to act. Hopefully he will mature in the future.

October 19, 2013  02:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Very good point, but IMO Puig's problem is that he just came from Cuba and doesn't know how to act. Hopefully he will mature in the future.

Not sure it is a problem related to Cuba. All excuses aside, he is just immature.

October 19, 2013  02:24 PM ET

I was a Mattingly fan to start; but,he's working his way down my list quickly. Two big mistakes were starting Kershaw on short rest unecessarily in the NLDS and letting Ramirez play when he wasn't capable of playing. You don't wear out your best pitcher early in the playoffs. That was not the normal Clayton Kershaw last night. His velocity was down considerably. Ramirez had a serious injury. He had no business being on the field no matter what he wanted. He couldn't bat and couldn't play defense in the second most important position on the field. Good managers don't do these things.

October 19, 2013  02:25 PM ET

Puig's young and immature. He has to get experience to get over that. I'll give him and Mattingly a pass on those antics.

October 19, 2013  02:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Puig's young and immature. He has to get experience to get over that. I'll give him and Mattingly a pass on those antics.

Hey, congrats on beating the Dodgers and good luck in the World Series. IMO, the Cards are the best team in the Majors.

October 19, 2013  02:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Not sure it is a problem related to Cuba. All excuses aside, he is just immature.

Fair enough, let's just say that Puig needs to mature a little.

 
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