Yasiel Puig has been an outstanding player for the Los Angeles Dodgers since being called up in June, but he has also been immature and committed many small mistakes. His teammates have called him out for his poor fundamentals, such as not hitting the cutoff man on throws or making baserunning mistakes. On Wednesday, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly decided he’d had enough of Puig’s immaturity and benched the talented 22-year-old.
Mattingly pulled Puig before the fifth inning and would not explain why after the game, only saying that he felt Skip Schumaker gave the team a better chance of winning at the time, which is as comical of an explanation as it sounds. But it doesn’t take much to figure out what Puig did to set off Mattingly.