When you come into the league and take it by storm due to being an athletic freak who was doing superhuman feats, it’s tough to be willing to work as hard as anyone else. It just came so natural to you from the beginning that you just take it for granted.
That’s what got Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig into trouble last year. He let himself get out of shape, and it partially took a toll on him physically as he dealt with hamstring injuries that limited him to only 79 games.
Now, though, he’s dedicated himself to getting in better shape.
“This year, 280,” [Puig] said in English, breaking into a grin. “I’m so fat.”
Well, that sounds troubling, right? Not so fast.
After a pause, Puig said he now weighs 240 pounds. That’s 15 pounds lower than his listed weight in last year’s media guide.
Whew. That’s a good sign. It’s actually a great one, if you want to get super technical about it. Puig went on to state that he’s going to try and get down to the 236 to 237 pound range when spring training rolls around.
Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations, suggested that Puig “lose a few pounds”, and it definitely appears like Puig is taking his request seriously.
This really is a new day of Dodgers baseball and front office collaboration if they can get one of the game’s brightest young stars to start taking it seriously after a troubled 2015.
There’s, obviously, no knowing of how well Puig is going to perform in 2016, but, at least for now, he’s showing signs of a guy willing to put in the time and effort to furthering himself and his career, and you have to respect and admire the way he’s handling it now.