Prior to Game 6 of the NLCS, Dodgers president Stan Kasten and former Dodgers manager and current MLB executive Joe Torre were having a heated discussion during batting practice.
Torre managed the Dodgers from 2008-2010 and helped guide them to two NLCS before retiring and taking a job with major league baseball. According to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com, Kasten and Torre had a heated exchange centering around Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig:
It probably has something to do with Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig and umpires, according to a baseball source.
Puig has enraged the crew, which believes he is showing up umpires at home plate. It nearly came to a head in Game 5 when Puig was called out on strikes by plate umpire Ted Barrett and stood in the batter’s box, left hand on hip, staring at Barrett.
Much has been made about Puig and the Dodgers’ antics during the NLCS with the Cardinals as he and teammate Adrian Gonzalez have drawn the ire of many with their bat flips and “Mickey Mouse” ears.
In Games 1 and 2 at Busch Stadium, Puig went 0-11 with seven strikeouts, but when he came back to Dodger Stadium, he settled in going 5-9 with two RBIs. After his first at-bat, when he struck out looking, Puig jogged quickly back to the dugout and ran back out to the field, causing people to wonder if he’d gotten a talking to.
It’ll be interesting to hear if Don Mattingly addresses the situation after the game, but it’s clear that Puig’s antics are continuing to bother those around baseball.
In case you missed it, here’s the “Mickey Mouse” antics after NLCS Game 5