Mets' Torres not a member of Puig fan club
May, 24, 2014
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
Adam Hunger/USA TODAY SportsYasiel Puig's diving catch Thursday at Citi Field did not get high marks from Mets reliever Carlos Torres.
"For me, personally, I’m a ballplayer. I’m an athlete. I am a guy who actually enjoys the game and competing. I don’t care to watch him," Torres told Casey Stern on SiriusXM. "If you look at [Jason] Heyward’s catch where he was flying through the outfield, laying out, he actually made a way better catch than Yasiel Puig’s. And that was earlier in the season. But since it’s not Puig, nobody cares. No one is paying attention.
"If you watch him before a ball is hit, he’s just standing straight up and down. Maybe he might bend over once or twice. And he’s almost never ready to field the ball. So when you’re watching stuff like that, you just sit there, let him do what he does, and go from there and try to get him out when he’s hitting."
Torres said he did not know if his sentiment was widespread in the majors.
"No clue. I don’t know the generalization of ballplayers. All I know is my own opinion," Torres said. "My personal opinion is I don’t listen to everybody that gets blown up in the media. A lot of times it’s what it is. The media picks their players for that year. The media picks their players for that month. And then they’re the best player known to man. Usually it’s followed by a big contract, or usually it’s followed by a bigger-market team. But, like I said, Heyward’s catch out in right field against us at our place was in my opinion a much better catch. So was the center fielder from Philly's (Ben Revere). That was tremendous. That guy had to extend farther by using his arm as leverage. But that’s not even considered in top plays. I mean, c’mon man."