Having yet to play a full season in the big leagues, Los Angeles Dodgers’ right fielder Yasiel Puig already has a few full opinions from his fellow players.

Last season, Puig bursted onto the scene and hit over .400 in his first month en route to helping the Dodgers turn their season around. He finished the year hitting .319 with 19 home runs and 42 RBI, finishing second in the National League Rookie of the Year award.

According to a poll of 143 MLB players conducted by ESPN the Magazine, Puig finished second in a less-than-flattering category:

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Harper is similar in style to Puig, being hard-nosed, high energy players that bring a borderline arrogance to the field. While Puig became a sensation last spring and continued once he reached the majors in June, Harper has had hype around him since high school. During Puig’s time in the big leagues, he’s caused some uneasiness around those that go up against him with his bat flips and eccentric personality. Puig went from a relatively unknown Cuban outfielder to a superstar that was seen all over ESPN and other media outlets. He was even on the cover of ESPN The Magazine for their Cuba issue.

An American League All-Star added some anonymous rationale for choosing the pair of outfielders for the question via ESPN The Magazine:

I like Bryce Harper. I think he’s going to be really good. But the attention for him — and for Puig, to a certain extent — is overkill. It’s just been hype so far.

Some players that have been around for a few years in the league may not appreciate when players are hyped too much before they’ve had sustained success in the big leagues. While they may not deny the talent, they could also be turned away by the flair, apparent cockiness and media attention.

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ICYMI: Yasiel Puig talks about adjusting to life in the United States

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Vince is currently the Associate Editor and Social Media Manager for Dodgers Nation. Hailing from San Pedro, CA and a student at Cal State Long Beach, Vince has previously written for the Daily 49er and LASF Magazine.

2 Responses

  1. Daniel

    There you have it, the a MORON COACH AS MATTINGLY talks trash about Puig and the poor kid has to deal with this crap.
    what is wrong with bringing some fun to the game, the kid is young, he is living a dream he could never imagine, why don’t they leave him the fuck alone.
    that is pure jealousy, racism, or whatever you want to call it.
    last year, he was the light that helped the Dodgers to turn a boring, lousy and disastrous year, now everybody talks crap about him? why they do not talk about the dinosaurs that makes a ton of money and they are always injured, and get back injured because of sightseen?
    get real people, this kid put fans in the stands and excitement in the ball club. I wish we had 10 more like that.

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    • ray

      puig is overrated and reckless …great he is exciting to watch .. i love watching stupid base running mistakes by puig…..yes he helped turn them around last year along with hanley.. gonzalez and 38 other players …and you shouldn’t try to compare him to dinosuars making money here is some better comparisons

      puig 2013 – 106 games made 3.7 million

      mc cutchen 2013 – 157 games made 4.5 million (NL MVP)

      trout 2013 – 157 games made 520,000 (arguable best player in baseball) this yr he gets 1million

      boohoo on puig … i think mattingly has plenty of right ream his ass about his playing

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