The Oklahoma City Dodgers have announced that Yasiel Puig will speak with the media on Friday and then never again so long as he is in the minor leagues. Really, that’s how they put it.
Yasiel Puig is certainly a popular person and phenomenon to write about, but I don’t feel like, on a day to day basis anyway, he’s someone anyone thinks of as a good quote. If anything it’s probably a relief for the press covering Oklahoma City that he’s not talking to the media. That way they can tell their editors, nope, no Puig quotes, so stop asking.
It’s probably for the best for all concerned, really. Puig has two jobs in Oklahoma City: rake and stay healthy so that the Dodgers can trade him or, less likely, use him for a playoff push. The world will somehow still turn if he doesn’t talk to the press.
UPDATE: Welp, never mind:
I’m glad we went through this exercise.
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”