This is one of those deals where you will not read about a player being in the best shape of his life. In fact, you might say this is the opposite. Subject: Yasiel Puig.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) February 22, 2014
So I went to Saxon’s Twitter profile. A link to his article on ESPN LA. One click away from getting the skinny (yep, pun completely intended) on this. It hit me. I mean, it hit me.
The first thing I noticed from Saxon’s article was the image posted there of Puig. The one above does not reveal Puig’s gain. This one to the right certainly does.
Sure, say that he’s wearing the jacket and that makes him look bigger. You’re honestly going with that? Seriously?
And what does Dodgers manager Don Mattingly have to say about this? (from Saxon)
“We don’t feel it’s going to be a problem, but we’re paying attention to it, put it that way.”
With the tools Puig has, hitting the scale at over 250 should set off an alarm or two. It honestly should never happen. Does he think he’s a linebacker? I would name a NFL team in Los Angeles, but, you know. Did Puig start the Pablo Sandoval sundae diet?
For reference, the Miami Heat’s website has LeBron James listed as 250 pounds and a listed height of 6′ 8″. The Dodgers website has Puig’s height listed as 6′ 3″.
The Dodgers should be doing more than merely “paying attention”. You could chalk this up as another one of those incidents where Puig simply has to learn what it’s like being a player in the bigs. We’ve had a few of those within the past 10 months or so.
Looks like this Yasiel Puig could use P90X® to shed a few of those lbs.