Update On Former Lookout Yasiel Puig

Manager Don Mattingly Says Rookie Needs to Improve

Monday, August 19, 2013
Don Mattingly
Don Mattingly
- photo by Tim Evearitt

Yasiel Puig spent 40 games playing for the Lookouts before being called up to the Major League. Fans who watched Puig perform at AT&T Field recall the excitement he generated when, for example, he beat out an infield hit or stole a base. Fans also recall that the expatriate would frequently miss a cut-off man and was like a wild colt on the base path.

For all of the remarkable accomplishments since Puig arrived in the Major Leagues, there still are too many moments that try the patience of manager Don Mattingly, like when Puig was unnecessarily thrown out Saturday night going from second to third on a routine flyout and Hanley Ramirez on deck.

"These are the Spring Training stuff we talked about when you were asking why not bring him up," Mattingly said. "You want them to know the scoreboard, know the outs, who's coming up. These are mistakes you don't want to see. But you take the good with the bad."

There's been plenty of good, which is why the team started winning when Puig arrived and he immediately became an everyday player. But he hasn't immediately become a baseball-savvy everyday player.

"It happens more than it should," said Mattingly. "But you see it happen with their guy [Domonic Brown, who attempted and missed a diving catch on Friday]. We talk about when you try and when you don't.

"He's a good kid, too. He goes 0-for-4 and we win, he's as happy as anybody out there. All good traits. But there are things he's got to improve. But the guy loves to win, he loves playing and it's great to see it, a great trait. That's good energy."

Of course, Puig wasn't alone Saturday night. Veteran Ramirez was caught in a rundown when he broke too soon trying to steal third base in the ninth inning.

Puig is currently hitting .358 with 11 home runs.

---- Source: MLB.com


Yasiel Puig
Yasiel Puig
- Photo2 by Tim Evearitt

Atlanta Silverbacks Dodge Chattanooga Upset In Overtime

The Chattanooga Football Club was minutes away from a 1-0 upset of visiting Atlanta Silverbacks in the third round of the US Open Cup. After battling for 87 minutes of scoreless soccer, the Chattanooga team representing the NPSL scored the potential game winner when Luke Winter finished off a cross from John Finlay. Minutes later, a foul in the box by CFC led to a Atlanta ... (click for more)

Coppinger, Dinger Earn 6-A Softball Superlatives

Whitwell's Alyssa Coppinger and Lookout Valley's David Dinger captured the top honors in District 6-A softball for the 2015 season. Coppinger was voted the 6-A Player of the Year while Dinger was honored as the Coach of the Year. Listed  below are the players who earned all district honors with Lookout Valley, Marion County, Sale Creek and Whitwell having four players ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Loses Bicycle National Championships To Winston-Salem

After a three-year run, Chattanooga is losing the national championship bicycle races. Winston-Salem, N.C., has been selected to serve as the host city for the 2016 and 2017 Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road & TT National Championships. The 2016 Volkswagen USA Cycling Pro Road & TT National Championships will be held May 22-30. The nine-day event will combine the ... (click for more)

County Jail Employee Charged With Posing As Doctor To Steal Drugs From Local Hospitals; Epperson Is Suspended; Erlanger Says Safeguards Worked

An employee of the Hamilton County Jail has been charged with posing as a doctor so he could steal medicine from local hospitals. Police said Ryan Epperson was wearing hospital scrubs when he was caught in a secure area of Erlanger Hospital on Wednesday by a Walden Security guard. In his pockets were found a crushed bottle of Demerol and a syringe filled with fentanyl. A search ... (click for more)

The Truth About The Rising Costs To East Ridge On The Fire Hall Property - And Response

Re:East Ridge Has To Pay Unexpected $428,000 On Bass Pro Shop Deal   H ere is the truth about this article.    One section of the article says: " Unknown to anybody on the council today, the agreement limited use of the land to a fire hall."     In a letter dated Dec. 15, 2010, Mayor Lambert asked TDOT officials to ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: I Know About Dowries

There is a lawyer in Kenya who wants to meet President Barack Obama very badly. He knows the President will visit Kenya in July and the noble, young lawyer, Felix Kiprono, is very sincere when he says he wants to marry the oldest of the Obama daughters, 16-year-old Malia. He became interested in Malia in 2008 and can proudly say he has dated no other women since then, it has just ... (click for more)