We won't need to be yelling at Yasiel Puig to slow down anymore. Not behind the wheel, at least. The base paths? That remains to be seen.
Puig has hired his cousin as a full-time driver following his arrest for reckless driving on Dec. 28. Puig was clocked driving 110 mph in Florida where the speed limit is 70 mph. His mother was in the car at the time, a fact that was at the center of the dashboard cam video of Puig's arrest.
The news that Puig is relinquishing his keys comes from Los Angeles Dodgers president Stan Kasten, who talked to Puig on Thursday and relayed word through 710 ESPN in Los Angeles.
"I give him credit for taking that step if nothing else," Kasten said, during the radio interview.
Puig has a previous speeding arrest from April 2013. He was caught driving 97 mph in a 50 mph zone at 1 a.m. in Chattanooga, Tenn., where he was playing for the Dodgers' Double-A team. The charges were later dismissed. Kasten recalled his dialog with Puig after that incident:
"I sat him down myself when that happened and made it clear what we expect of him," Kasten said. "I said then that, even if he thinks he can get away with it because he's in Chattanooga, if you ever get to the big leagues, nothing -- nothing -- is going to escape attention. He brought that up to me today."
A driver is a good step in the Dodgers' ongoing efforts to tame Yasiel Puig. Maybe they can convince him to hire a full-time cut-off man next?
BLS H/N: Larry Brown Sports
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