Tuesday, October 15, 2013

I Guess I'm Just Old School

Yasiel Puig has taken the Dodgers, Major League Baseball, and ESPN by storm. His antics of flipping his bat, missing cut off men, and just acting like he's the end all be all of baseball has rubbed me, and several others the wrong way. Baseball isn't basketball or football where you can dance and just show off. The reason baseball is treated differently than both the NFL and NBA is because MLB is held to higher standards and Yasiel Puig doesn't understand that. Yoenis Cespedes and other players from Cuba have made the transition to playing in America and haven't acted anywhere near to how Puig has been acting. Puig's antics has cost him the Rookie in the Year. Puig had a very good season in his first year in the majors hitting .319 with 19 home runs and 42 rbi's, but with all of his antics on the field he has turned off the majority of voters for the award.

The biggest thing that turns people off about Yasiel Puig is the bat flip especially when the ball doesn't travel over the wall. It is completely uncalled for especially when you're a rookie and haven't earned the right to flip bats. Other players that showboat after hitting home runs have earned the right to do so and don't do it on a regular basis, but Puig pimps most of his home runs with an obnoxious bat flip. That type of behavior usually earns the hitter a fastball to the ribs, but because of his talent level Puig would steal bases after the hit by pitch so pitchers usually avoid going down that road, until the day that a pitch cracks a rib or bruises a knee to the point where Puig has to sit because he can't play. Puig is very lucky not to have played during the Nolan Ryan or Roger Clemens era because he'd be eating dirt at least once or twice per game.

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