SpecialFNK wrote:at least the rest of this season even when everyone is healthy Puig should get semi to regular playing time? and then next season the Dodgers almost have to some way find a way to make him an absolute everyday player, and he could potentially be a star?
I don't own Puig right now, but in a keeper league I could target him and overpay since I'm already 50 points out this season with my stupid team of underachievers and injured players.
potentially? in this day and age he is a star. have you not seen how the media outlets have hyped him? vin scully tweeting about him?
semi playing time? jersey sales are up. dodger's games viewership is up. interest in one of MLB's most historic franchises is back on the rise to where it should be for a roster like that and a market of that size. more interest = more ratings = more buzz = more $$$$$. a formula any owner would like. HE WILL stay in the lineup. he makes them sportscenter relevant.....without their injured high payroll players. they will find a way to let him play everyday. HE IS who the dodger fans and the baseball universe are tuning in to see right now on that team. the others maybe semi-day of rest players, but he will remain in lineup.http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1680 ... zing-start
especially if he makes the all-star team. and if he is still hitting .450 in 30 days....BASEBALL WILL want him in there for the ratings as well...IMHO"Since 1916 (when Retrosheet game-by-game data coverage begins), just two players have collected more total bases in their first 15 games than Puig, and only one has collected more hits"http://mlb.si.com/2013/06/20/yasiel-pui ... uce-bochy/
SAN DIEGO -- When the Dodgers called up Yasiel Puig and installed him in right field, the phenom unveiled one of the strongest arms of any outfielder in the major leagues.
However, with Matt Kemp expected to return to center field next week, the Dodgers tentatively plan to move Andre Ethier back to right field and move Puig to left.
Kemp is scheduled to start a rehab assignment with triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday. The Dodgers hope he can play three or four games there -- the first at designated hitter, the rest in center -- and then rejoin the major league team.
The Dodgers hope Carl Crawford can return a week or two after Kemp does. That would leave the Dodgers with four outfielders for three spots.
The Dodgers could keep Puig in right, Kemp in center, and Crawford in left, with Ethier rotating among all three positions. Ethier has played well in center in Kemp's absence, and he said he would be willing to play some left field if asked.
"Whatever is going to make this team the best," Ethier said.
However, Manager Don Mattingly said, the best time for a veteran to learn a new position is spring training, not the middle of the season. Puig played some left field in spring training, and Mattingly said he has spoken with Puig about playing there when Kemp returns.
"The young guy is more eqiupped to play in different spots," Mattingly said.
Mattingly said he has not made any final decisions and would consult with coach Davey Lopes before then. For now, given a healthy outfield, Mattingly said he envisions Crawford in left and Kemp in center, with Puig rotating between left and right and Ethier rotating between center -- when Kemp gets a day off against a tough right-hander -- and right.
Ethier did not start Friday because of a swollen left knee, the aftermath of a collision with Puig last Sunday in Pittsburgh. Mattingly said he hoped Ethier could start Saturday.
Ethier had played in 68 games through Thursday, tied for the team high with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.http://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgersno ... 9897.story