Yasiel Puig was sent down to Oklahoma City last week. He hasn’t played there much yet. Only two games. Still, he has already bonded with his teammates in ways he never seemed to bond with them up in Los Angeles. Maybe too well for the Dodgers’ tastes.
After a game in Des Moines, Puig and his teammates partied a bit, with Puig recording the festivities on Snapchat. It’s a lot of yelling and boisterousness and some chanting of profanity. Probably nothing terribly unusual for minor leaguers letting off steam on the road, even if it’s not something the public sees every day. You can watch a stream of the snapchats here, but warning, there is some NSFW language.
The Dodgers were asked about this when it started to go viral. They’ve issued a statement:
I presume this will fall out along the usual battle lines. Some people will say Puig “doesn’t get it” and is some sort of head case/distraction. Others will say that it’s nothing unusual for young ballplayers and that to the extent there is an ado, it’s much ado about nothing.
I’m a pretty big Puig defender, obviously. My view here is that the behavior is not a problem in and of itself — Hey! His teammates seem to like him for once! — but that you can’t really be posting all of a team’s private stuff publicly like that so maybe a social media best practices talking-to is in order. Or is that too reasonable for a Puig-related story?
SAN DIEGO — Aaron Judge has agreed to return to the New York Yankees on a nine-year, $360 million contract, according to a person familiar with the deal.
The person spoke to The Associated Press because the deal had not been announced.
Judge will earn $40 million per season, the highest average annual payout for a position player. The contract trails only Mike Trout’s $426.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels and Mookie Betts’ $365 million pact with the Los Angeles Dodgers for biggest in baseball history.
Judge was offered a long-term deal by New York before last season that was worth $213.5 million over seven years from 2023-29. But he turned it down in the hours before opening day in April.
The 6-foot-7 Judge bet on himself — and won.
Judge set an American League record with 62 homers in 2022, powering the Yankees to the AL East title. He also tied for the major league lead with 131 RBIs and just missed a Triple Crown with a .311 batting average.
New York was swept by Houston in the AL Championship Series, but Judge became the first AL MVP for the Yankees since Alex Rodriguez in 2007.
Judge, 30, was selected by New York in the first round of the 2013 amateur draft and made his big league debut in 2016, homering in his first at-bat.
A year later, he was one of baseball’s breakout stars. He hit .284 with 52 homers and 114 RBIs in 2017, winning the AL Rookie of the Year award. The four-time All-Star has 220 homers and 497 RBIs in seven big league seasons.