Dodgers' Yasiel Puig vows to tone down antics

Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig says he will tone down his on-field antics this...

Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig says he will tone down his on-field antics this season. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

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Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig told the Los Angeles Times that he will tone down his on-field antics this season.

Puig, who made his major-league debut last year with a bang, received criticism for being too animated and playing reckless at times.

That does not mean will stop showing emotion.

"Fans go to the stadium to enjoy themselves," Puig said. "... After work, they spend their free time watching us play. We have to do our best to entertain them."

However, he also said he understands he must be more restrained on the field, including being smarter on the bases and learning when to hit the cutoff man instead of throwing directly to home plate from right field.

"To me, in order to be a bona fide superstar, you have to learn to slow the game down," hitting coach Mark McGwire said.

Manager Don Mattingly said he hopes spring training will provide Puig with the opportunity to improve on his fundamentals.

"It gives us an extended period of time where there aren't games on the line and we can continue to talk about different things," Mattingly said.

Puig, who is limited for the time being by shoulder inflammation, finished second in the balloting for National League Rookie of the Year last year after batting .319 with 19 home runs and 42 RBIs in 104 games following his June debut.


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