Puig! Puig! Puig!

The young man says he’s going to get back to his 2013 form this season.

“I want to improve on last year, which was my worst season in all aspects,” Puig said. “I’ve never hit so poorly, not even when I was a little kid. Coming off such a bad season, I have to work on my body, my hitting, on hitting the cutoff man, all that’s required to do well in American baseball.”

[snip]

“I want us all to be together, and for me to join in, so we don’t lose in the playoffs again,” Puig said. “I’m tired of making the playoffs and not going further and reaching the World Series.”

I hope he succeeds in doing that. If he can stay healthy and be a team player he’s a tremendous athlete.

  • package206

    A very necessary part of the Dodgers future success for sure.

    • WBBsAs

      What future success? I thought I had learned it was hopeless.

      • package206

        There is not a good reason for me to comment to untrue foolishness on your part. Constant slamming and untrue remarks from you.

        • WBBsAs

          I only know what I have read here.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ryu will also be important. Pitched well today it seems, but it’s how you feel the day after, no? http://dodgers.mlblogs.com/2016/02/22/in-case-you-missed-it-ryu-and-wood-on-recovery-path/

  • Jon’s latest has some news about Ryu (good) and Wood (interesting). Wood had a bone bruise on his landing foot from the time he arrived on scene with the Dodgers.

    • Bumsrap

      Also a reminder was given that Ryu will be well shy of pitching 200 innings so he might might make a great first half pitcher with McCarthy finishing up for him.

  • Bumsrap

    Is Puig saying he wants to work with his own hitting coach and not the one the Dodgers hired? Has anyone heard what Puig’s weight is or the difference in his weight this February compared to last February?

  • WBBsAs
  • foul tip

    Any mention of Puig takes me back to something seen somewhere last season–the definition of a Yasiel Puig cycle: a HR, a swinging K with RISP, a TOOTBLAN, an an outfield assist.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Puig certainly has a well earned reputation for TOOTBLAN, but these seemed to have dropped off drastically in 2015, even allowing for his limited playing time. According to the TOOTBLAN site he accounted for 13 in 2013 and 17 in 2014.. For some reason the site only goes up to late July in 2015, at which point he had 3. Baseball Reference has a stat called OOB (out on base as a runner trying to advance). Here Puig has 3 as compared to Fowler with 13 and Carpenter with 11. Joc has the most as a Dodger with 8. Seems like a lot for a 8th place hitter who probably should be trying to turnover the line up (only 1 was at home plate).

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ryu reportedly with only “normal” soreness the day after his bullpen session. Call me when he has “general” soreness a la Mike Marshall.

    • WBBsAs

      Which Mike Marshall?

      • Bob_Hendley

        The often injured outfield who is said to have begged out of the line up once because of “general soreness”.

        • WBBsAs

          I can empathize with that. The other Mike Marshall, though, wanted to pitch every day.

          • And nearly did in 1974.

          • WBBsAs

            A record unlikely ever to be broken.

  • Bob_Hendley

    The new manager on Julio Urias: “In talking to people that were here in years prior, he’s got a different look in his eye,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. I am guessing that the “people” he is talking to is AJ, who is pulling his leg (Julio had eye surgery since the last Spring Training).

  • Bob_Hendley

    Uribear has reportedly signed a one-year, $5 million contract with Cleveland.

    • WBBsAs

      Best of luck to him, but I still think the Dodgers should never have signed him in the first place.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Don’t recall it being a very popular signing at the time.

        • WBBsAs

          He was a Ned special – overpaid ex-Gnat, though Urbie was likable and did redeem himself in part.

          • foul tip

            For a lot of fans–especially the more casual ones–his decisive HR v ATL in the playoffs a couple years back was almost worth his entire contract.

            However, they didn’t write his checks.

          • WBBsAs

            He had a few moments, but he was never more than a niche player. Simpático, though, and he rarely complained.

          • Bob_Hendley

            At SS in SF alongside Panza at 3rd the left side of the infield looked like the Ballet Trockadero. A mediocre hitter for much of his career he managed to play a lot because, you know, he put up 20 dingers a year as an SS.

          • WBBsAs

            Wasn’t he too young to play for the Schutzstaffel? Along with other possible disqualifications?

      • He had two good years and helped Puig acclimatize. For that he deserves good will.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Quite an article in BP using Big Data to look at the shifting strike zone with unusual conclusion by the author.

    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=28513#commentMessage

  • package206
  • Maddux, Gagne, Cey, Karros and Shawn Green all in Dodgers’ camp to teach.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Wonder how B*nds is doing.

      • WBBsAs

        He’s been giving press conferences to argue that he belongs in the HOF (I’m fine with that, if they build a separate steroids wing).

        • Bob_Hendley

          Donnie’s gotta love the distraction.

        • Bumsrap

          Maybe call it the Gall of Fame Wing and add Rose to it. It recognizes stat worthy players that didn’t qualify for the Hall of Fame’s ethical standards.

      • JonnyTAFKAJ

        MLB ‘Bizzarro’ Hall of Fame …. ( in an adjacent bungalow in Cooperstown ) ….
        ….
        1. Barry Bonds, Mark McGuire, Sammy Sosa, Brady Anderson….
        2. Bartman…
        3. Couple caught screwing in Sky Dome hotel window…
        4. Pete Rose….
        5. Black Sox ….
        6. Dodger Peanut guy who can “behind the back” a double-bagger 10 rows up….
        7. John Rocker….
        And, so many more…..

    • HLKLA

      Is Koufax suppose to make an appearence this year? I know sometimes he pops in.

  • WBBsAs

    Sawx problems, as acknowledged by owner, per MLBTR: “The club has spent the second most on payroll since 2002 which helped to mask a multitude of mistakes. In particular, Henry noted an overemphasis on using past performance to project future ability. That could be why the Sox were more bullish about Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval than other clubs.”

    • foul tip

      Shades of standard stock market fine print: “Past performance does not guarantee future results.”

      All free agents should come with that disclaimer.

    • Bob_Hendley

      At this point, he is hoping that last year’s past performance doesn’t project to future ability as well.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Guessing that with new ruling Utley wins his appeal. Making the neighborhood play subject to review essentially means that it is defunct, no? It was designed to avoid injuries. Wonder how that will work out.

  • foul tip

    Puig out today due to wisdom teeth extraction. Emergencies happen, but isn’t this usually kind of an elective thing? If not an emergency, why wait until ST and have that impacted (sorry) when it could have been done offseason?

    Have seen a couple news items on this but necessity of now wasn’t mentioned.

    • Maybe they became impacted. When that happens it’s often sudden and it hurts like the dickens. I know Cuban health care is free for all but I have no idea how good it is.

      • Bob_Hendley

        and if it helps him lose more weight…

        • WBBsAs

          It does tend to limit your food intake for a while.

    • WBBsAs

      Puig seeks to satisfy those who demand an “impacted player.”

  • foul tip

    http://m.dodgers.mlb.com/news/article/165547778/sandy-koufax-visits-dodgers-spring-training

    Koufax visits ST. Is no longer advisor.
    ==========================

    Grrrrrrrrrrrr. Invalid link. Right click for new window or go to dodgers.com, I guess.

  • WBBsAs
    • package206

      Perhaps this post would have been more meaningful if it were in English, like America. Or maybe you don’t want everyone to know what it says.

      • WBBsAs

        There are more Spanish-speakers than English-speakers in América, but even a monolingual simpleton should be able to understand this.

        • package206

          Not in the America of the United States. Its OK WBB if you don’t want others to understand. I guess you think people pick up speaking a foreign language by osmosis. You are a real rocket scientist.

          • WBBsAs

            Except for the willfully ignorant, most people understand that this is a multi-lingual and multi-cultural country, and that we are capable of understanding each other.

          • package206

            I know you have to speak English to be a citizen of this country. It is only multi-lingual because you want it to be. I am sure there are languages you do not understand.

          • WBBsAs

            The United States has no official language, and English is not a citizenship requirement. There are millions of citizens who do not speak English, or for whom English is a second or third language.

            I will acknowledge that it is difficult to understand your language.

          • package206

            To apply for U.S. Citizenship from another country you must be able to read, write and speak English. Among other things.

          • WBBsAs

            You keep moving the goalposts. I repeat, there are millions of US citizens who do not speak English, or for whom English is a second or third language. The US has no official language (just as it has no official religion).

          • package206
      • “Meanwhile, with the kids…”

        Young Mr. Urias signing autographs for the younger fans.

        • package206

          You are correct, Mr. Linkmeister.

          • I just copied it into one of a hundred Spanish – English dictionaries. Not so hard.

            I wish I spoke Spanish. I can read French and a little Spanish, and I can read (well, transliterate) Russian. One of my biggest regrets in life is not learning Japanese while I lived there for two years.

          • WBBsAs

            Do you speak Hawaiian?

          • Not beyond the usual kind of pidgin most people have. Very few really can carry on a full conversation, no matter the ethnicity. It’s being taught in immersion programs now, but daily life goes on in English. I don’t think the state has an “official” language.

          • WBBsAs

            How do you know, Mr. Package, when you acknowledge your ignorance of what the reporter says?

          • package206

            I wasn’t speaking of my ignorance.

          • WBBsAs

            In fairness, you do so only when you open your mouth or use the keyboard – as in this instance. Obviously, you expect the Dodgers to be an English-only team.

  • WBBsAs
  • foul tip

    In case you ever wondered how a player in any sport could bite himself in his own rear…

    “And lest you think freak injuries are a relatively new phenomenon, such accidents reportedly date back to the game’s early days. 1920s pitcher Clarence “Climax” Blethen used to tuck his false teeth in his back pocket during games, thinking his toothless face would intimidate batters. As history has it, Blethen once forgot that he’d stowed his dentures and, when sliding into second base, bit himself in the butt.”

    From a couple years back:

    http://theweek.com/articles/467573/weirdest-injuries-baseball-history

  • package206

    Hey Audit, you out there??

  • WBBsAs
    • Stock character?

      • WBBsAs

        To be portrayed by Steve Carell.

  • foul tip
  • package206

    Roberts names Kershaw opening day starter. Well there’s a revelation. Tough decision.

    • WBBsAs

      Well, Roberts does speak Japanese.

  • WBBsAs
  • WBBsAs
    • Kid’s got a sense of humor. And look at that handle! “the teenager 7!”

      • WBBsAs

        It suggests maturity.

  • WBBsAs
  • package206

    Uh Oh, AGon’s neck already hurts.

    • WBBsAs

      Ya terminó la temporada, sin aún comenzar.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ginger being treated gingerly as well.

  • Newly-designed catcher’s mask may reduce concussions. From Will Carroll, with a detailed picture.

  • HLKLA

    Tough break for Ravin!

    • Picture of his arm, if you’re strong.

      • HLKLA

        Yikes! Reminds me of that basketball player that broke his leg coming down from a jump shot.

      • WBBsAs

        At least it was his left arm.

  • Ross Porter to broadcast Cal State-Northridge baseball.

    • WBBsAs

      He should switch places with Steiner.

  • WinnipegDave

    Welcome to March. Spring training games starting this week and regular season several weeks away. Hope you are all having a super – urr better change that to great – Tuesday!
    Winter is almost over! I hope.

    • WBBsAs

      Well, it’s 68° in Oakland, with a projected high of 70° tomorrow, but we’re due for several days of desperately needed rain from Thursday on.

      • This was the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau surf contest last Thursday. Wave heights were 40-50 feet at Waimea Bay.

        • WBBsAs

          When I drove my Argentine nephews down to Santa Cruz the same day, the waves were too big for most surfers, and there were warnings about sneaker waves for anybody walking on the beach.

      • WinnipegDave

        Glad to hear about the rain in your area. Hope it’s the beginning of the end of the drought.

        • WBBsAs

          We are close to normal rainfall for the season, but a single year means very little.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Snow predicted for Thursday-Friday here in DC (the last of the Alberta Clippers I hope).

      • WBBsAs

        In late March of 1993, I went to an exhibition game at RFK between the Orioles and the Cardinals (species migrating north). The left field screen recalled the LA Coliseu when the Dodgers played there.

        It snowed the night before, but they still got the game in. Later that spring, I went to a game at Baltimore’s old Memorial Stadium, which was really a dump.

        • Bob_Hendley

          RFK was intimate, at least for hand egg. Large foul territory for baseball actually made it a pitcher’s park, despite the left field screen. I have fond memories of Memorial Stadium but, yeah, a bit of a dump.

          • WBBsAs

            I don’t regret having gone to Memorial Stadium, but I don’t regret that it’s gone either (though I’ve never been to Camden Yards).

          • WBBsAs

            Certainly those fond memories do not include the 1966 Series.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Dismal. The O’s weren’t really on my radar screen as a lad. But when they got Frank Robinson and then defeated (creamed) my beloved Dodgers I started following them more closely. Moving to DC in 1978, they became my adopted AL team. Earl was quite a manager and a character.

          • WBBsAs

            From that, I prefer to remember Lefebvre’s homer and the (semi-) redemptive catch by Willie Davis.

  • WBBsAs
  • Bob_Hendley

    Dodger baseball today! I need to get in rooting shape: “Darn those Sox!”

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ugh – Anderson out for 3-4 months with bulging disc.

    • WBBsAs

      His healthy 2015 earned him the qualifying offer, but I expect he won’t be back next year.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Let’s hear it for depth. Everyone moves up a notch on the chart.

        • WBBsAs

          Lots of young talent ready or nearly ready to step in.

          • Bob_Hendley

            4-5 slots would look like a battle among Wood, Ballslinger, Frias and Lee, at this point.

          • foul tip

            Chance of Beachy too, if he’s fully rehabbed and anywhere close to his level with los Bravos.

          • WBBsAs

            I’d say Wood is a lock, and think Lee deserves a shot.

          • package206

            Must be some of your impact players.

  • Anderson surgery details.

  • JonnyTAFKAJ

    Brett Anderson just totally pulled a ” Ted Lilly ” on this club.

  • WBBsAs

    This morning I told my wife that the first televised Dodger game was today. She responded by asking me whether our social life was over the year. I informed her that nearly spring games are day games.

    • foul tip

      So you dodged (Dodgered ) answering, did you? ;-])

      • WBBsAs

        I merely told her the facts.

  • Audit

    Package, check this out…

    • WBBsAs

      ¿Qué es?

    • package206

      Hey Audit!! Nice to see you back. Which thread did you want me to check out? Or the whole website?