Madison Bumgarner has words for Yasiel Puig after home run, bat flip (Video)

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San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner took exception to the way Yasiel Puig celebrated a home run on Friday night and let the Dodgers outfielder know about it.

Puig broke up Bumgarner’s shutout with a solo shot in the sixth. He did a little bat flip after hitting the homer, put his head down, and then began his trot around the bases. As he rounded third and made his way home, Bumgarner approached him to say something. Puig put his hands out and yelled back, and homeplate umpire Will Little broke it up.

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Shortly thereafter, Don Mattingly was ejected for arguing balls and strikes.

We obviously don’t know what MadBum said to Puig, but I don’t think Puig did anything too disrespectful or out of the ordinary. I mean that bat flip was tame by his standards. That one was more of a MadBum issue than a Puig issue. Pitchers can get sensitive after someone takes them deep.

Yasiel Puig does a bat flip on routine fly ball to center (Video)

Does anyone misjudge his own batted balls worse than Yasiel Puig? I’d have to say no.

The guy has been playing in the majors for like a grand total of one season, and he already has a full blunder reel of times he’s given great home run bat flips on what turned out to be routine outs. And the great part is no matter how many times he does it, it’s never not funny.

Yasiel Puig bat tossOn Wednesday, Puig went bat flip on a routine fly ball to center with two on and two outs in the top of the eighth inning against the Nationals. After taking a few steps following the bat flip, Puig probably realized the ball was staying in the park, so he began to jog. Denard Span caught it like it was no big deal.

Even though we have plenty of laughs at Puig’s expense here, this repetitive issue with him is probably a reflection on the Cuban baseball culture. Players are showmen in Cuba, so celebrating and posing after big hits is part of the game. This is probably habitual for Puig. The only problem is that he’s so terrible at differentiating between his flyouts and his dingers.

And if it’s any consolation, he’s not the first person to do this sort of thing. There was this from Alfonso Soriano last year. There was this bat flip by a player in the Korean league on a foul ball. And then my personal favorite, this spectacular gem from the Korean league. At least he has plenty of company.

Here’s another look at the bat flip:

H/T Lana

Yasiel Puig hurt himself crashing into wall on Marlins’ walk-off hit (Video)

The Dodgers had a double-whammy in Sunday’s 5-4 loss to the Miami Marlins. They lost on a walk-off hit by Jeff Baker, and Yasiel Puig was hurt on the same play.

Yasiel Puig outfieldBaker was facing Jamey Wright with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, a runner on second and the game tied at 4. He took a curveball away and hit it off the right field wall for a walk-off double. Puig lost sight of where he was on the field as he was going max-effort to make the play, and he smacked into the wall pretty hard.

Puig passed concussion tests and is considered day-to-day. He’s lucky it wasn’t worse, because that looked really bad.

What was cool was seeing Marlins starter Jose Fernandez go over to check on Puig after the game:

Fernandez saw his ERA rise to 1.74 after allowing two earned runs in seven innings. What a stiff.

Between this and the thumb issue on his head-first dive into first, Puig is lucky he’s avoiding serious injuries.

Did Yasiel Puig give Hyun-Jin Ryu a sack whack? (GIF)

Yasiel Puig and Hyun-Jin Ryu have a really entertaining relationship. The two Los Angeles Dodgers were caught having a tickle fight during a game last month, and they were messing around again on Thursday. Only this time, things got a little more rough.

Puig was standing next to Ryu when Ryu decided to give him a quick smack to the face. It looked like it caught Puig off-guard, so he figured he’d respond by going below the belt. Was that a sack whack? It’s hard to tell because it was out of the frame, but that looked like a classic sack whack.


All this and it’s only May? Things could get ugly between these two by the All-Star break.

GIF via Dodgers Tumblr
H/T Big League Stew

Yasiel Puig called out by umpire Tim Welke after leaning toward second


Yasiel Puig has already made some boneheaded decisions on the base paths during his young career. The Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder was benched by Don Mattingly last season after he chose not to slide into second. Bad baserunning is also one of the reasons Mattingly was reportedly frustrated with Puig during spring training. But on Thursday night, Puig fell victim to a horrendous call.

During the first inning of a win over the Minnesota Twins, Puig reached first on an infield single. Twins second baseman Brian Dozier made a bad throw to first that got by Chris Colabello. Puig briefly considered taking second base, but he decided against it. His body never crossed into fair territory, but umpire Tim Welke apparently felt that Puig had made a motion toward second. Catcher Yosmil Pinto, who was backing up the play, applied the tag to Puig and he was called out.

According to MLB.com, Welker ruled that Puig leaned his upper body toward second. The play was a judgment call and therefore not reviewable.

Video of the play isn’t embeddable yet, but you can watch it here. The screenshot above tells you everything you need to know. That’s the closest Puig’s body got to making a move toward second. Had it been a different player, you have to wonder if Welke would have called him out. Awful, awful call.

H/T Big League Stew

Yasiel Puig drops fly ball, then guns out runner (GIF)

Yasiel Puig catchThe extremes you experience when dealing with Yasiel Puig are pretty incredible.

During the bottom of the second inning between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday, Brandon Hicks hit a fly ball to right with one out and a man on first. Puig was there to field it and tried to do a casual catch, but he dropped the ball. Luckily he picked it up and recovered in time to throw Brandon Belt out at second for the second out.

And just to make things even more fun, Puig made a pretty spectacular catch for the third out of the inning:

Yasiel Puig: he can make the ordinary look difficult, and the difficult look ordinary.

Also see: Yasiel Puig flies out to right, pimps it like a home run (GIF)

Yasiel Puig flies out to right, pimps it like a home run (GIF)

Yasiel Puig may be the new version of Manny Being Manny.

Yasiel Puig celebratingThis dude gave us yet another unforgettable moment on Tuesday night.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants were in extra innings at AT&T Park and Puig was batting with one out, Hanley Ramirez on second, and the game tied at 2. Puig connected with a Yusmeiro Petit pitch and thought he had blasted a tie-breaking 2-run home run to right, so he began celebrating appropriately.

Unfortunately, it takes one heck of a shot to get it out to right field at AT&T Park, and Puig’s ball was caught for the second out, though Ramirez tagged up and went to third. Andre Ethier made the final out of the inning and the Giants went on to win the game in the bottom of the inning.

But at least in his mind, Puig had the game-winning home run. Or maybe he thought he hit it well and then didn’t run it out once he realized it would be an out.

If you liked that, you’ll love this GIF from the NLCS last year when Puig pimped a triple.

GIF via @carmenkiew