Yasiel Puig has found the party in the Pacific Coast League.
Days after a demotion to the minors, the unpredictable Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder posted videos to his Snapchat account Monday night of him partying with his new Triple-A teammates. The series of videos followed Oklahoma City’s 3-2 loss at the Iowa Cubs.
Puig began by posting a video of him shirtless in the team’s locker room, smiling and saying: “It’s so funny. We lose today, and everybody’s happy.”
Videos posted later showed Puig and his teammates dancing, singing and chanting, often using profanity.
A banner on one of the videos reads, “I Love this Team.”
Puig was optioned to Oklahoma City last week after the Dodgers could not find a taker for him before the non-waiver trade deadline. He went 2 for 4 in his first game with Oklahoma City on Sunday and was 0 for 3 on Monday.
A major league All-Star in 2014, the 25-year-old Puig has been physically limited this season and largely inconsistent when healthy, batting .260 with seven homers in 81 big league games.
The Cuban slugger signed a $42 million, seven-year contract in June 2012.
Puig’s partying comes two days after he indicated to reporters through a translator that he was using his demotion to get his act together in order to get back to the majors.
“He’s not there because of his conduct, the way he’s acting,” said Luis Matos, the Oklahoma City coach who interpreted for Puig on Sunday. “That’s why he’s here, to get better in that part of his life and his game.”
Puig was pressed on what he meant by “the way he’s acting.”
“Everybody knows,” Matos said, without asking the Puig the question.
Dave Roberts, in his first season as the Dodgers’ manager, made it a point to forge an early relationship with Puig, offering him a clean slate before spring training began. Four months into the season, Roberts seemed to be having a harder time with Puig than he expected.
Roberts was asked on the day of Puig’s demotion whether the outfielder and his off-the-field issues have taken more of his time than other players have. He had a one-word answer.
“Yes,” he said.
Puig said on Sunday he had “no idea” how long he might stay in the minors but indicated he knew what he had to do to return to the major leagues.
“Be a better teammate,” he said via Matos. “Be a better performer on the field.”
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.