Fresh off one of the more awkward press conferences in recent memory, it sounds like there’s a disconnect inside the Dodgers organization about what the plans are for rookie Yasiel Puig.
Puig finished the 2013 season with an 0-3 performance in Game 6 of the NLCS and also committed two errors as the Dodgers 9-0 loss at Busch Stadium eliminated them from the playoffs. Lost in all the drama surrounding Don Mattingly’s contract yesterday was what the plan is for Puig and it sounds like Mattingly wants it done one way according to Mark Saxson of ESPNLA.com:
Leave it to me, it’d be one way, but that’s not necessarily the way the organization wants things to go. I just think there has to be a development system that we adhere to with Yasiel, along with all the other guys.
Saxson asked Mattingly if the call was strictly his and it’s clear that his beliefs aren’t in alignment with what management is thinking. Puig was called up on June 3 with the Dodgers season in shambles, but his performance helped lead them to Game 6 of the NLCS.
While Puig did a lot of good for the Dodgers, there were moments of immaturity as he would overthrow cut-off men, try and take an extra base or just not understand the nuances of the game.
The logical choice would be for Puig to play winter ball, but general manager Ned Colletti was quick to say that the Dodgers had no plans of that happening at the moment. With news that the Dodgers are signing Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero, Colletti did say that he’s expected to play winter ball so they can look at him more.
It’ll be interesting to see what Puig does in the offseason and depending on if Mattingly is there or not, it could change if the Dodgers decide to hire a new manager.
In case you missed it, here’s the Dodgers pool celebration, PLUS Yasiel Puig’s celebration dance off!