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Dodgers News: Dave Roberts Thinks Puig’s Anger Was Overreaction



Yasiel Puig opened up the series against the Miami Marlins with two home runs on Friday night.

One was an absolute smash that put the Dodgers ahead in the early innings. The second one was a game winning bomb to dead center in the 9th inning with the Dodgers down to their final out.

Yasiel Puig’s celebration here seemed fitting, as he had essentially just won his team the game when they were one pitch away from losing. He did not go out of his way to showboat or disrespect the Marlins. He pointed to his teammates, most of whom looked even more excited than he did.

In his first at-bat of Saturday’s game, Jose Ureña threw a two-seam fastball that tailed in towards Yasiel Puig’s hip. Puig was visibly upset and made a few steps toward the Marlins’ starter.

The exchange ultimately led to nothing but the benches clearing and a few mean words being tossed around, but the situation looked as though it could have been avoided entirely.

There are two sides to this story.

The first is that Ureña had zero intentions of throwing at Puig. Two seamers from a righty to a righty are meant to tail inside and jam them. If Puig were to get extension on a two-seam fastball that missed out over the plate, Ureña could have said goodbye to that baseball. The pitching tailing that far in could have been a genuine miss, too far inside.

From Puig’s point-of-view, he hit two home runs, including the game winner against his former manager, who made it public that he and Puig were never on the same page. The two teams have already had the benches clear once this season and the Marlins have had a genuinely rough go over the course on the 2017 season.

There are views on both sides that could make sense, so it understandable why there was such a large disagreement.

Ultimately, Dodger manager Dave Roberts stated that he too thought Puig overreacted to the situation.

It is easy to say that Yasiel Puig needs to grow up in these situations, but when the entire league seems like they are out to get him, you can understand him wanting to defend himself.

Luckily Roberts calmed the event down immediately after the game and nothing else arose from the situation.

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Written by Trevor Vernola

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  1. It’s ok for Roberts to shove the other manager but it’s not ok Puig to defend himself…Roberts should have his players back on the field

  2. Dave Roberts wasn’t in the batters box.If you look at similar pitch where the Dodgers threw and hit the Marlins star Stanton it was almost the exact same location. I was in Miami and the Dodger players (including Keyshawn) were climbing over the fence at the dugout to the field before being stopped. Now granted the Dodger players were not running recklessly to Puig’s defense but they should have. If it was almost any other top Dodger (Turner,Bellinger, Seager,Gonzalez) they would have. Puig is and at that time an emotional player (his Dad was there so he wanted to do well) Last point go back and watch when Stanton got hit in the hip how Donny “baseball” Mattingly responded on the field (he went ballistic) and should have. Dave Roberts needs to back his players (all of them) including Yasiel Puig.

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