It’s has been a busy 24 hours for the Los Angeles Dodgers for all the wrong reasons as star right fielder Yasiel Puig was charged with reckless driving in Florida yesterday morning. Puig was clocked going 110 mph in a 70 mph zone in “Alligator Alley” and was arrested for the second time in eight months on a reckless driving charge.
While the Dodgers declined comment yesterday afternoon, they released the following statement via their Twitter account today:
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) December 29, 2013
Puig was booked for a reckless driving charge in April after going 97 mph in a 50 mph zone while with Double A Chattanooga. The 23-year-old had been having a nice off-season as he was holding clinics at Dodger Stadium for several little leaguers and attending Children’s hospitals with Lakers forward Pau Gasol.
Making his debut well before anyone expected in 2013, Puig bursted onto the scene with his incredible first month of the regular season, but was often criticized for his aggressive play on the field. Whether it was overthrowing cut-off men or trying to take an extra base, he was often criticized for the mistakes he made during games.
Regardless, the Dodgers will use this latest mistake as another teaching point as he’s counted on for another big season in 2014.
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