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Los Angeles Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig arrested

  • David Whitlock
Credit: Gregory Bull/AP

Credit: Gregory Bull/AP

Los Angeles Dodgers high priced Cuban free agent and spring training sensation Yasiel Puig was arrested in Chattanooga, Tennessee, early Sunday morning and charged with speeding, reckless driving and driving without proof of insurance, according to a booking report from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s office.  This according to Mark Saxon. The 22 year-old Puig set the Cactus League on fire by batting over .500 in his inaugural spring, after signing a $42M contract in June.  Puig has been a can’t miss Cuban prospect for a few years, and had attempted to defect before 2012, but successfully did so via Mexico before signing the large contract.

Discipline will be handled by the Dodgers  internally, you can’t be too surprised with a kid who is still adjusting to extraordinary wealth and a new country with a lot of freedoms.  That being said, I would think the Dodgers would send a strong message in punishment, if for no other reason than to protect their investment.  Boys will be boys, but when this boy hits the majors, this sort of indiscretion could cause a playoff spot or even championship to be lost.

-Dave (@lhd_on_sports)

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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