Dave Roberts doesn't know Yasiel Puig.
"Never said a word to him," Roberts said.
When Roberts was introduced Tuesday as the Dodgers' new manager, Puig was the player he was asked about most. Specifically, he was asked whether he would be able to forge the kind of relationship with the five-tool outfielder that could help him play up to his talent.
"Yasiel is ultra-talented, a special player, someone who was feared from the other side," Roberts said. "This is a great opportunity for me to embrace him. I'm excited about it."
The Dodgers are hopeful.
When explaining why Roberts...
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