WATCH: Dave Roberts Discusses Puig’s Resurgence; Veteran Playing Time
Los Angeles Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts was on the Rich Eisen Show to talk about a few members of his team that looks bound for greatness in 2017.
The main talking point was the resurgence of right fielder Yasiel Puig. This time last season, Yasiel Puig was playing for the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Most thought that we had seen the end of the Puig era in Los Angeles after he failed to succeed and produced another mediocre season. Now he is one of the most vital bats in the lineup.
Dave Roberts described Yasiel Puig’s demotion as a “life moment.” He stated that Yasiel had to learn how important it actually was for him to be a ballplayer and a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. Roberts also said that “A lot of credit goes to Turner Ward”, who has been Puig’s biggest helper in changing his game at the plate. Puig shows just how appreciative he is towards Ward by kissing him on the cheek after every home run he hits.
Eileen then asked Roberts about the team making room for both Curtis Granderson, who was acquired through trade, and Adrian Gonzalez who just returned from a long stint on the disabled list.
“There is playing time for everyone.” Roberts stated. “The best players will play.” and when he is healthy, “Cody Bellinger is our first baseman.”
Roberts let it be known that every player on his team is capable of helping, no matter where they are in the batting order or where they play on the field, nobody has a strict role. It is part of what makes this Dodgers’ team so successful. They want to win as a team, pushing egos aside to do what will help get them a World Series ring.
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