Since his MLB debut in June, Dodgers rookie outfielder Yasiel Puig has been a spark plug for the Dodgers offense, running into outfield walls, flipping bats and admiring home runs. But some opponents view his actions as unprofessional and immature.

Puig was at it again in Game 3 of the NLCS, smacking an RBI triple in the fourth inning, a hit that snapped an 0-for-11 (seven strikeouts) skid in the first two games of the series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Puig initially thought he hit a home run, pausing to watch the shot before kicking it into another gear to reach third.

Some members of the Cardinals took exception and after the game voiced their anger.

Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire joined SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio before Game 4 of the NLCS Tuesday night and said there’s no way Puig’s antics would have lasted when McGwire played.

You just have to take it with a grain of salt. It’s unfortunate. My philosophy on this whole thing is that Major League Baseball has allowed this to happen. Back in the old days, pitchers would stop this. But because pitchers can’t knock guys anymore, guys are allowed to do this stuff. It’s unfortunate because if pitchers were allowed to throw at the inside part of the plate and knock guys down you wouldnt see any of this stuff happening anymore but unfortunately the umpires control the game and you’re going to see what you’re going to see, this is the way the game’s gonna be.

The NLCS continues with Game 5 Wednesday at 4 pm ET, as the Dodgers, now down 3-1, look to extend the series in Los Angeles. Pregame coverage with Casey Stern and Jim Bowden begins at 1 pm ET on MLB Network Radio.

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