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Dodgers News: Jimmy Rollins Says Yasiel Puig Is ‘Just Special’



Ed Szczepanski -USA TODAY Sports
Ed Szczepanski -USA TODAY Sports

One theme of the offseason for the Los Angeles Dodgers was to improve the attitude and culture in the clubhouse. The front office did exactly that by trading for veterans with leadership experience, in particular shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

The 36 year old played 14 years with the Philadelphia Phillies, winning one World Series, the National League MVP Award in 2007 and three Gold Gloves. Since arriving in Los Angeles, Rollins has already looked to assume a leadership role, including in his introductory press conference and more recently, with a two-hour conversation him and Yasiel Puig had in the clubhouse.

Rollins came out of the conversation with nothing but high regard for Puig, according to Eric Stephen of True Blue LA:

As for the energy Puig plays with, Rollins believes if the 24-year-old Puig can channel it properly, the sky is the limit:

Puig enters his third season with the Dodgers and is coming off a disappointing finish in 2014. He batted .296 with 16 homers and 69 RBIs, and was able to cut down on many of the base running and defensive mistakes, but was benched for Game 4 of the NL Division Series.

Plenty of expectations have been placed on Puig’s talented shoulders, especially in the wake of the roster overhaul. Among those who have discussed what may lie ahead is Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi, who said he believes Puig can win a Gold Glove in right field.

If Rollins’ leadership can keep Puig’s energy channeled in the right direction, it should aid his efforts in putting together a special season in 2015.

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