beefchopper wrote:Barry Bonds was one of the worst teammates in baseball history, probably in the history of all professional sports
Somehow, they managed to put up with him.
It is really all about production.
Lol, its funny you brought up Bonds because I was going to use him as an example, but didn't want to use a Hated One.
Reality is, lots of jerks have played the game and were put up with.
Bottom line is can a player help you win? Maybe Puig's negatives outweighed his positives on the field. Can't really say since I'm not in the clubhouse.
But I gotta think if Puig can be even a decent hitter and provide good defense in RF AND not be a big distraction on and off the field, then he needs to be back on the club at some point.
To me, this stinks because of the timing. His production IS THERE since coming off the DL hitting .308/.390/.440/.830. I could understand if you had the attitude & production issues colliding but it's not the case. Unless there's some huge issue we're not privy to, then I see this as another FO bumbling.
I agree, this smacks of FO bumbling alright. Puig definitely needs to do some work (like be tied down and forced to watch video), but I fail to see diminished production since he came off the DL. Why now? Very poor player management on the part of the FO. Of course, this is the same FO that hardly ever speaks to the fanbase. Nothing I've seen since they've gotten here impresses me. Not a thing.
Listen, these guys who play major league baseball are playing a freakin' kids' game. They're LUCKY to be there. They don't all have to be besties in the clubhouse. Where did that myth come from anyway? Heck, some of the greatest players in baseball history were not great teammates. Teammates were afraid to approach Bob Gibson on days that he pitched. Mickey Mantle and Billy Martin were drunks. Same for Babe Ruth. Barry Bonds and Ty Cobb were a-holes of the highest degree. Winning breeds chemistry. Gimme a break about clubhouse chemistry; professional sportswriters are just looking for the next headline. I'm not buying into it. Puig is immature, sure, but they rushed him to the majors without much preparation. I think they'd be better off keeping him in LA and platooning him with Reddick and try to get more production in the lineup. Maybe even sign Juan Uribe to be his handler. If the FO really wants Puig to work on things in the minors, they could have handled it a hell of a lot better. From a purely fan's point of view, I don't see these FO guys as having very good interpersonal skills with the players. Seems to me that Friedman may be on the autism spectrum. In fact, it seems to me that they have isolated themselves from everybody, except maybe Dave Roberts, who was hired as a pliable puppet, in my opinion. The huge egos in the front office would NEVER hire a strong manager with strong, independent opinions.
And yet, we're still close to the hated Giants and still leading the NL wild card race so who knows? The Dodgers could get lucky.