Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig was sidelined all of September with a right hamstring strain. (Sarah Reingewirtz/Staff photographer)
This is Part 38 of a series in which every member of the 2015 Dodgers has his season juxtaposed with an episode of the greatest sitcom of all-time. Don’t take it too seriously.
Key stats: ..255/.322/.436, 11 HR, 38 RBIs, 3 SB in 6 attempts in 79 games
Seinfeld episode: “The Parking Garage.” (Season 3, Episode 6)
Key quote: “It was easy the last time.”
NASHVILLE — On a practical level, the question of when the Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, and others learned that pitcher Aroldis Chapman was involved in a domestic violence complaint in October is moot. We are where we are, and the Dodgers are reportedly unsure of whether to trade for Chapman now that he’s under investigation by MLB:
Still, the issue of whether the Dodgers would trade for a pitcher knowing he allegedly choked a woman and fired off a gun in his home is a touchy one. President of baseball operations Andrew Friedman declined to say when he learned of the allegations against Chapman, which were first reported by Yahoo.com Monday night. Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is currently under investigation for an incident that might fall under the league’s domestic violence policy, too.
Tuesday at the Winter Meetings, MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre said that the league learned of the incident around the same time the public became aware Monday night.
“We did not get that information until late yesterday,” Torre said. “That’s the first we heard about it. And obviously it happened, you know, much earlier than that. So it takes time to gather information, and the same thing with the José Reyes (incident, which is also being investigated by MLB). We want to make sure we have all the information and then the decision will be made. The only timetable is when we feel we’ve got as much information as we can get.”
According to a written report filed by a Miami Police officer, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig claimed he was punched in the left eye by a bouncer at the Blue Martini Lounge on Wednesday night. That preceded Puig punching the bouncer in the face, an act that was captured on video.
Miami police do not have the video, which remains property of the Blue Martini Lounge.
TMZ is reporting that Yasiel Puig was involved in a “massive brawl” Wednesday night in Miami that began with the Dodgers outfielder shoving his sister inside a bar. ESPN Deportes first reported that Puig was injured in a fight at the Blue Martini.
The Dodgers haven’t issued a comment and the Miami Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for the police report.
We’ll have more updates as they become available.
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and right fielder Yasiel Puig high five after Game 4 of the National League Division Series in October. (Getty Images)
In an interview today with St. Louis sports broadcaster Frank Cusumano, retired baseball player and coach Andy Van Slyke shared a revealing anecdote about Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig.
What made it particularly revealing: It came from inside the Dodgers’ clubhouse.
“When the best player, highest-paid player on the Los Angeles Dodgers goes to the GM and … is asked what is the number-one need … of the Los Angeles Dodgers club, this particular highest-paid player said, ‘the first thing you need to do is get rid of Puig’,” Van Slyke said.
When Cusumano noted that pitcher Clayton Kershaw is the Dodgers’ highest-paid player, Van Slyke replied, “I didn’t say his name.”