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Growing storyline around #Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig is his uncooperative approach to dealing with the media.
The Dodgers have been enablers at times, allowing Puig to escape media obligations other players have to satisfy.
But the growing disgruntlement of reporters -- particularly national reporters from USA Today and ESPN sent to chronicle Puig's exploits -- has become a story of its own and Dodgers officials (and teammates) have talked to Puig about at least doing what Dodgers manager Don Mattingly called "the bare minimum" with the media.
“I think he’s doing the best he can. I think it’s been a bit of an adjustment for him,” Mattingly said. “When the ‘Puig-mania’ type of thing was getting a little out of hand, he told us he just wanted to focus on baseball – which is good. We’re trying to bring him along to understand there are some things that come with it.
“I think we’d all like him to be a standup guy both ways (doing interviews after good games or bad games). But it’s kind of like on the field when he takes a base we didn’t want him to take or he misses the cutoff man – there are areas to talk about. … I think that’ll come in time. Right now, he’s a 22-year-old with life on a string.”