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The Yasiel Puig effect and the Dodgers recent hot streak are having an effect on Los Angeles' local ratings. Tuesday's Dodgers-Diamondbacks tilt, a game featuring the top two teams in the NL West, drew a 5.2 rating and 470,000 viewers on KCAL in Los Angeles, the highest on LA network since 2007. The game on Tuesday was also the Dodgers debut of new starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco and brought LA to within one game of .500 and 2.5 games back of the Diamondbacks for first place in the NL West.
But shockingly, that's not the only spike the Dodgers have seen lately. Monday's game in Arizona between the two teams drew a four-year high on Fox Sports Prime Ticket in Los Angeles. The Dodgers are 23-13 since Puig was called up on June 3rd, and have picked up seven games on the Diamondbacks in the division. They've also picked up 6.5 games on the Reds for the second wild card spot in the National League, and are right in the thick of things heading into the All-Star Break.
Yes, a lot has been made about Los Angeles' absurd spending spree since their new ownership group took over. Yes, their TV deal is completely mind-numbing by any standard you want to use. But three and a half months into the season, the on-field performance and ratings are finally matching the offseason hype. If the momentum can carry on into next season when the new TV deal with Time Warner takes effect, the Dodgers' new TV network could wind up being a necessary channel for those in the southern California market as opposed to a forgotten RSN, like the much-maligned CSN Houston.
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Yasiel Puig may not have been selected for the MLB All-Star Game, but he did manage to score an invitation to the Playboy Mansion on Monday night. The Los Angeles Dodgers rookie spent the first day of his All-Star break attending the 8th annual Bear Trap Entertainment (BTE) All-Star Celebrity Kickoff Party at the Playboy [...]
Last night, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig
attempted to play through the hip injury that caused him to exit Thursday’s contest.
He was able to return to the Dodgers’ starting lineup, but he didn’t make it
past the fourth inning. Puig was removed after four frames, as he told
reporters – including Austin Laymance of MLB.com – that his hip was bothering
Every season, a new member of the MLB fraternity welcomes himself to the big leagues and unexpectedly steals our heart. This guy remains a favorite for the duration of his career and someone we follow into the future while trying to remember his humble beginnings by doing a post about it on this blog.
This year, that guy is Yasiel Puig. Here are the top five moments (in our opinion...
I would like to announce that I am calling a MLB fan-only meeting. I have to make a complaint about how the majority of us fans have become so enthralled in Puigmania that we have already decided that Yasiel Puig is the next best player based off of a minuscule sample of 151 at-bats.
Now, before any of you Puigmaniacs jump the gun once again on this article and skip down to...
Maybe what Yasiel Puig needs right now is a day off. He could
probably use it. His aching left hip â the one he
injured running into a wall July 3 at Colorado â
is still not fully recovered. A little rest probably wouldn't hurt.
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Away from all of the excitement and attention directed toward Los Angeles Dodgers rookie outfielder Yasiel Puig, the St. Louis Cardinals have a rookie who has arguably had an even better start to his career.
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Matt Kemp is injured and on the disabled list yet again, as he’s suffering from irritation in the AC joint of his re-built left shoulder.
Matt Kemp’s lost season took another bad turn on Monday, as the Dodgers center fielder was placed on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder AC joint inflammation. The move is retroactive to Saturday, one day after Kemp irritated the AC...
Zack Greinke retired his first 13 batters before finishing with a two-hitter for a win in his fifth straight start and leading the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Colorado Rockies 1-0 on Saturday.
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Yasiel Puig seems to have taken to capitalism like a duck to water.
Remember that just 14 months ago, the young Dodgers phenom was still in Cuba, planning to defect to the United States. However, now the 22-year-old is bona fide celebrity in America, and suffice it to say that’s a significantly different lifestyle than living under a Communist dictatorship.
As you may have heard...
Finally got video, so here they are.
Yoenis Cespedes just challenged Yasiel Puig to a Bat Flip Derby™, basically. Let’s do it.
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez has been cleared by the U.S. Treasury Department and is free to sign a contract with any Major League Baseball team. The 26-year0-old Cuban is right handed and had roughly 45 scouts show up to a recent throwing session.
#Cuba RHP Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez has been cleared by US govt. (OFAC) & is free to sign with MLB club. Deal could happen this week or...
The Los Angeles Dodgers have been on some kind of roll over the past 20 games with a record of 16-4. The team is looking to get healthy and make a run into the postseason. Manager Don Mattingly answered questions about injuries and the team today before Photo Day at Dodgers Stadium.
“Just a little over a week ago we were talking about having four outfielders and now we only have...
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Mike Trout - Yasiel Puig made his debut on June 3rd and posted a .391/.422/.616 slash line. Over that same span Mike Trout has gone for .367/.448/.597. That is an OPS by Trout that is seven points greater than Puig in a tougher run environment plus elite...