Yasiel Puig gives up driving after latest arrest

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Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has been arrested twice over the past eight months for reckless driving. That has been enough for him to move over to the passenger seat. At least for now.

According to Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles, Puig spoke with Dodgers president Stan Kasten on Thursday and told him that he has hired his cousin to drive him around for the time being.

“I give him credit for taking that step if nothing else,” Kasten said during a radio appearance on ESPNLA 710.

Puig was arrested in Tennessee back in April for going 97 mph in a 50 mph zone. The reckless driving and speeding charges were dismissed after he performed community service. His latest arrest came last month in Florida after he was clocked for going 110 mph in a 70 mph zone. One would like to think that Puig has enough willpower to control himself on the road moving forward, but this is one way to ensure that it won’t happen again. As a millionaire athlete, he can afford that luxury.

Athletics hire third base coach Matt Williams

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The Athletics have hired former MLB manager Matt Williams, the team announced Friday. Williams will take over third base coaching duties under manager Bob Melvin, filling the vacancy left by Nationals’ bench coach Chip Hale after the 2017 season.

Williams is no stranger to the Bay Area, but this will be his first time sporting the green and gold. He got his start in pro ball with the rival Giants in 1987, where he manned third base and collected four All-Star nominations before jumping ship to the American League in 1997. After a one-year stint in the Indians’ organization, he returned to the NL to finish off his 17-season career and eventually hung up his cleats with the Diamondbacks in 2003.

Post-retirement, Williams has crafted a resume that almost over-qualifies him for a coaching gig. He led the Nationals to a cumulative 179-145 record from 2014 to 2015 and earned props as NL Manager of the Year after bringing the team to a first-place finish in 2014. In 2016, he split the season as a first and third base coach in the D-backs’ organization, then accepted a studio analyst position with the Giants for the 2017 season. Although he has yet to suit up for the Athletics in any role, he’s not unfamiliar with skipper Bob Melvin. The two were teammates on the Giants’ 1987-88 roster and spent some time in Arizona together when Melvin took a coaching job there in the early 2000s.

While next year’s reunion will be fun to watch (unless, I suppose, you’re a Giants fan with a long memory), Williams may not have his sights set on a coaching role forever. As the San Francisco Chronicle’s John Shea reported back in July, the 51-year-old knows what it feels like to win as a manager, and it’s a position he might be open to pursuing in the future.

“For me, my most comfortable space is in uniform,” he told Shea. “I’ve done the ownership thing and front-office stuff, and that’s fun. The most gratification I get is swinging a fungo and throwing batting practice and being on the field. It’s what you know and love. I look at myself as a teacher first and foremost. At the end of the day, I think that’s how I have my greatest influence.”