Yasiel Puig to address media Friday, then ‘never again so long as he’s in OKC’
The Los Angeles Dodgers demoted Yasiel Puig to the minor leagues last week. And his assignment to the Oklahoma City Dodgers, the team’s Triple-A club, hasn’t been without incident, arguably no surprise as controversy seems to follow the 25-year-old slugger wherever he goes.
The biggest story to emerge out of Puig’s recent relocation to OKC involves him posting videos to Snapchat account showcasing he and his minor league teammates blowing off some steam on a rented party bus.
The organization expressed “disappointment” in Puig and questioned “some of our other players’ judgment” in a statement released this week by Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman.
While there’s no way to confirm one way or the other whether one has to do with the other, it’s interesting how the OKC Dodgers issued a statement that Puig would indeed speak with the media on Friday. But with one caveat: It will be the last time he does so while he’s with the farm club.
That may sound a bit over-the-top, but that’s exactly how the OKC Dodgers originally phrased it, according to The Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin.
#Dodgers AAA Oklahoma City affiliate announces Yasiel Puig will speak with media tomorrow, and then never again so long as he's in OKC.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) August 11, 2016
Well, that’s certainly one way of putting it. The OKC Dodgers, however, did issue a follow-up statement that clarified matters. According to The Los Angeles Times, Puig will be available in the clubhouse “like any other player,” but Friday will be the only time he will hold a formal press conference.
Either way, since there’s no indication just how long Puig will remain in Oklahoma City, it’s an interesting tact to take. Although the assumption is Puig will stay in the minors either until the Dodgers find a suitable trade partner or the slugger cleans up his act and proves he deserves to be back up in the bigs for the team’s postseason push.
Though, given how dismayed the entire organization seemed with Puig’s antics, his return from minor league exile likely will have something to do with the former, not the latter.
[H/T Hardball Talk]