The Legendary Leftie Offers His Coveted Opinion on the 23-Year Old’s Much-Discussed Showmanship!
The Los Angeles sports press went wild today with news that Sandy Koufax, the MLB Hall of Fame lifetime Dodger not only commented on outfielder Yasiel Puig’s style of play, but even defended it, saying he doesn’t mind Puig’s theatrics so long as they don’t result in mistakes.
“If the showmanship doesn’t involve bad decisions, yeah, it’s fine,” Koufax said. “People love it.”
Koufax also said “You have a great arm, you want to show it off, but I’d like to see him throw it to the right place all the time,” Koufax said. “He’s young. The biggest thing is he’s not played against competition as good as he is. So you’re always able to have your physical ability make up for whatever else you do. He’s learning. I’m sure it’s going to happen. He has too much talent.”
Asked to compae Puig’s arm strength to Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente’s, Koufax said, “Good arms are good arms. Can you say this one’s better than that? Clemente had a great arm. (Willie) Mays had a good arm but Mays never missed the cut-off man, never threw to the wrong base. And I’m not sure Roberto did, either.”
Koufax wanted to sure the media also noted, “I’m not comparing him to Clemente after two, three months in the big leagues.”
Koufax concluded, “He’s so physically talented … Everybody makes the comparison to Bo Jackson. The Cardinals had a guy who played football and baseball, Brian Jordan. These guys are so strong and so fast. Big, strong and fast. A combination you don’t always see.”
Koufax, the youngest man ever voted into Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame, discussed Puig with the media while watching the Dodgers work out Monday. Koufax is in his second year as a special advisor to chairman Mark Walter.
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