There's never a dull moment when it comes to Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig.
From the day he made his debut in 2013, Puig has played with a style all his own. His bat flips and exuberance have rubbed opponents and onlookers the wrong way.
But now, in the latest twist, Puig has reportedly worn out his welcome with some of his Dodgers teammates.
In a book titled "The Best Team Money Can Buy," author Molly Knight documents several incidents between Puig and teammates over the last two years.
This from Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports:
While some issues, like his habitual tardiness for games, have abated this year, according to sources, Puig's work ethic in batting practice and the weight room continue to bother some teammates. Much of the hostility stems from a general sense of entitlement shown by the 24-year-old. During spring training this year, as Knight writes and multiple sources confirmed to Yahoo Sports, Puig argued with teammates over who should be allowed on a plane ride that typically includes wives and girlfriends. The subject of someone from Puig's entourage joining the traveling crew came up, and sources told Yahoo Sports that Puig argued with pitcher Zack Greinke and nearly came to blows with infielder Justin Turner over the matter.
Puig reportedly had an earlier run-in with Greinke last season.
Greinke, the National League ERA leader and one of the game's best pitchers, was at the center of another memorable Puig moment related in Knight's book. In 2014, during the Dodgers' annual trip to Chicago, the team bus stopped downtown to allow rookies undergoing hazing to walk into a pizza place and emerge with food for the veterans. Some Dodgers players, not wanting to wait, skipped off the bus. When the bus was ready to leave, Puig was outside, looking for his luggage inside of the bay underneath the bus. After Puig ignored multiple requests to close the luggage bay, Greinke hopped off the bus, grabbed the suitcase in front of Puig and chucked it onto Michigan Avenue. Puig stepped toward Greinke and was restrained by reliever J.P. Howell.
Word of the incident spread quickly, those there giddily recounting it to those who got off the bus, and highlighted the chasm between Puig and his teammates.
It's also not a coincedence that Puig wears No. 66. Knight spoke with the Dodgers' longtime clubhouse manager Mitch Poole about the decision to give Puig his the number.
Puig's reputation preceded his time with the Dodgers. During spring training 2013, Mitch Poole, the Dodgers' longtime clubhouse manager, assigned Puig's jersey number on a lark. "I thought it'd be funny to give him number 66 to reference 666, like he was Diablo," Poole told Knight. During the spring, Puig cottoned to the number and asked to keep it because he thought it was good luck.
All the incidents caused one unnamed Dodgers player to tell Yahoo Sports that the team might be better off without Puig.
"We've talked about this. At this point, it would be addition by subtraction," the player said.
Would the Dodgers consider trading the 24-year-old? Passan cites sources that tell him the team has "never seriously entertained" the idea of dealing Puig.