Sunday, July 07, 2013 Columnist Suddenly Finds Out About This Puig Guy

Cowboy-hat-wearing columnist Tracy Ringolsby just wrote an article about Yasiel Puig, and how he is suddenly a topic of discussion. Not sure if blinders are attached to that hat, but I found Ringolsby's coverage so clinical (not to mention incredibly outdated), it was almost comical:

Yasiel Puig is the poster boy for the Dodgers' ownership group.

For the splash that was made by all the trades the Dodgers have done in the past year, it is Puig who underscores the long-term foundation upon which the franchise wants to build.

He's the product of a financially strong franchise putting their money and efforts into scouting and signing players. It's what Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten refers to as getting back to the Dodger Way.

Puig certainly has become the hot topic in baseball circles.

There is the debate over whether, after one month, he should be given a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

There's a growing rumble about him moving into the lead in the midseason talks on the NL Rookie of the Year Award voting. His primary competition right now is from a group of pitchers, including fellow Cuban defector Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins, Dodgers teammate Hyun-Jin Ryu and St. Louis right-hander Shelby Miller.

Ringolsby goes on to list some of the Dodgers organization's ROYs. It's a page-turner.