Yesterday, a troll visited LA Dodger Talk to say all sorts of ridiculous things because I dared say something they didn’t like about Yasiel Puig. Then a writer from the same site feels compelled to disagree with my take – which is certainly his prerogative. I just find it curious that he disagrees with my take on Yasiel and feels compelled to say it while writing that the Dodgers should consider pre-MLB deals with Joc Pederson and Julio Urias. Now that’s a piece of fiction! He goes on to say that the Rays locked up Evan Longoria to a 6-year, $17.5 million deal AFTER logging just six games and 24 plate appearances in the majors in 2008, so the Dodgers should lock up Joc Pederson and Julio Urias BEFORE they get to the majors to contracts of 7 years /$20 million for Pederson and 7 years /$35 million for Urias. It must be wonderful to be so blessed to be able to see the future.
Hello! Remember a few years ago when Trayvon Robinson and Greg Miller were as highly regarded as Pederson and Urias? How did that work out? Now, I’m not saying that they won’t make it, but I would be willing to bet one of them won’t live up to their hype. That’s the nature of the business. I would have let it ride as his opinion, but since he feels so compelled to Poo Poo (pun intended) what I say, I thought I would point out the fallacy of his article. Naive at the best, delusional at the worst! Dustin used to be a pretty bright guy – maybe that’s what happens when you hang out with trolls.
For the record, I have said that Puig has more talent than any player I can remember. In my mind, he is a combination of Roberto Clemente and Bo Jackson. He is fun to watch and I have no problem with the way he plays the game… most of the time! His energy is contagious, and he energized the Dodgers last year. That said, in 40+ years of business experience, I have found that the most talented guys don’t usually pan out. They flame out. Puig shows that he’s capable of that to me. I get that young guys with little life experience don’t want to even consider that…. which is why they are so outraged by what I say. They just don’t know what they don’t know and I’m sure they will be compelled to spout off about it. It would be too bad if I cared!
I hope I am wrong about Puig, but the handwriting is on the wall. He can change. He can turn it around… it’s not too late… and by all accounts he’s a good kid. But if he keeps his reckless ways up he is going to end up in big trouble soon. I hope I am wrong. Don’t brand me a Puig Hater – I was born at night. It just wasn’t last night like some of you. You may have knowledge, but you are lacking in the experience department.
Now, let me praise another blogger. Andrew Grant of TrueBlueLA wrote a piece entitled Stop Stat Abuse, which was outstanding! While it was directed at ESPN, it applies to most stat geeks who use statistics ad nauseam to prove anything – figures don’t lie, but liars figure! He is right that stats don’t lie, but goes on to say something very profound:
However, translating those numbers into something that predicts human behavior is damn near impossible.
The article is a worthy read – he’s a smart guy. I guess that’s what happens when you avoid trolls.
On another subject: Good news about Kemp.