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The Dodgers had to pay a lot to get Puig. They wanted to protect their investment so bad that even though he crushed the ball during spring training they sent him down to the minors in hopes he would mature. A bad season and injuries forced them to call him up earlier than they wanted.
And the rest has become history.
When the youngster was called up a month ago he wowed fans in his first game with an incredibly precise throw from right field to home plate for the out. Since than his defensive prowess has continued to amaze fans, but it's his bat that has made history.
In his first month in the league he managed to collect 44 hits. That's the best first month in baseball since the great Joe Dimaggio had 48 during his first month back in May of 1936.
Puig doesn't know anything about Dimaggio (he is from another country after all), but he knows enough to appreciate being on the list. To close out his month he nearly did something many guys only dream of doing--hitting for the cycle. He had a pair of singles in his first two at-bats, added a triple in the fifth inning, and a double in the seventh. His chance to hit for the cycle came in the eight, but he struck out.
"I was going for it," Puig told a TV interviewer moments after the game. "It just didn't happen."
That's okay. Since he's been with the team winning is no longer the exception to the rule. Sunday's win was No. 8 in the teams last nine games and moved them within four games of the division lead.
As much as fans would have loved to have seen him hit the cycle they'll take winning baseball games any day.
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Yasiel Puig‘s line is .443/.473/.745/1.218 through his 27-game MLB career, which is great and all, but the most important thing he does is bat flip.
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Jonathan Papelbon offered a harsh opinion about whether Yasiel Puig should make the NL All-Star team. See what he had to say.
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Yasiel Puig ended his sensational first month in the major leagues with his first four-hit game, Stephen Fife scattered four hits over seven scoreless innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-1 Sunday.
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The All-Star break is two weeks away, but we've already reached the midpoint of the season. To mark the occasion, here's a look at the top rookies at every position (stats through July 1).
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People have been lobbying for Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig to make the all-star game, but why not Jose Iglesias?
(photo Debby Wong, USA Today)
Unless you’ve been vacationing off-planet since the start of June, you’ve heard the clamor of voices shrieking for Los Angeles Dodgers rookie outfielder Yasiel Puig to be included in the 2013...
Why was Papelbon even asked this in the first place?
Here is Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon’s take on Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig making the All Star Games:
“To me, it’s an absolute joke. It’s really kind of stupid if you ask me,”Papelbon said on MLB Network Radio, as he had trouble even saying Puig’s name correctly. “The guy’s got a month, I don’t even...
The surging Los Angeles Dodgers are back in the race thanks largely to Yasiel Puig.
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For one night, the conversation wasn't all about rookie sensation Yasiel Puig.
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Major League Baseball has made a comeback on Cuban TV screens after a 52-year absence.
Sunday night's open-airwave broadcast of a complete MLB game is the first of its kind since 1961.
But early reviews are not overly enthusiastic.
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