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PHOENIX Yasiel Puig wont be on the Dodgers opening-day roster.
The 22-year-old Cuban defector, who leads the Cactus League with a .526 average, was optioned to double-A Chattanooga on Tuesday.
The move was bound to happen at some point.
The Dodgers want Puig to play every day, and that wasnt going to happen in the major leagues with Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford in their outfield.
Perhaps more important, the move probably will delay Puigs entry into the free-agent market by an entire year. If Puig spends 20 or more days in the minor leagues this year, the earliest he could become a free agent would be after the 2019 season.
Even though he failed to make the major league club, this will be remembered as the spring of Puig.
But Puigs spring numbers he also hit three home runs, drove in 11 runs and stole four bases told only part of the story.
His body drew immediate comparisons to Bo Jacksons. Matt Kemp said Puig was stronger than him. The raw strength translated well to the game, as balls flew off his bat faster than anyone elses.
Puigs blend of power and speed led Eric Stephen of the Dodgers blog TrueBlueLA to say that if Kemp was the baseball equivalent of the best standard-definition television, Puig was a high-definition TV.
There were some rough edges. Puig didnt always run hard out of the batters box and he didnt draw a single walk this spring.
Puig can round out those rough edges in the minor leagues while the Dodgers figure out exactly what they have in their outfield. Even though the Dodgers have 55.3 million committed to their three outfielders, there are questions, as Kemp and Crawford are recovering from major operations. Once the Dodgers have a sense of whether Kemp and Crawford can recapture their old forms, they can decide how to make room for their star prospect.
Puigs demotion was one of two moves the Dodgers made on Tuesday. Shortstop Dee Gordon was sent to triple-A Albuquerque, a move that solidifies Luis Cruzs place as the opening-day shortstop.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers have sent outfielder Yasiel Puig and shortstop Dee Gordon to the minors.
The Dodgers moved Puig to Double-A Chattanooga on Tuesday. The 22-year-old Cuban leads major leaguers with a .526 batting average this spring.
Puig signed a seven-year contract for $42 million on June 29. The Dodgers already have Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford in their outfield...
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If you had to ask any young child about their favorite television show, most of them would probably say Sesame Street and over the years, many famous athletes have appeared on the PBS production.
The latest happened to be Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp who helped kids learn the word "attach" with help from Abby Cadabby:
Matt Kemp appears on an episode of Sesame Street to help teach the meaning of the word attach. Kemp and Abby Cadabby show viewers two things being attached together.
Before long Abby attempts to attaching Kemp’s number 27 to his jersey and ends up attached herself.
Kemp and the Dodgers are hoping to attach another World Series title to the Dodgers trophy case this season.
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To Sesame Street...
Matt Kemp had to run full force into Abby's magic wand...
To demostrate the word "attach..."
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