Mets' Torres not a member of Puig fan club

May, 24, 2014
May 24

Adam Hunger/USA TODAY SportsYasiel Puig's diving catch Thursday at Citi Field did not get high marks from Mets reliever Carlos Torres.
NEW YORK -- What did Mets reliever Carlos Torres think of Yasiel Puig's diving catch in right-center at Citi Field that deprived Wilmer Flores of a hit? Let's just say Torres was not contributing to the Puig hype machine.

"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."
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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