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Los Angeles Dodgers rookie sensation Yasiel Puig finished off a phenomenal month of June (his first month in the big leagues) in grand fashion on Sunday, going 4-for-5 with a double and triple, while scoring two runs in the Dodgers’ 6-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.Since his big league call-up on June 3, Puig has logged 44 hits, breaking the Dodgers franchise record for hits in a single calendar month by a rookie, which was previously 43, set by Steve Sax in August 1982.By collecting four hits on Sunday, Puig moved past former-Pittsburgh Pirate Bob Elliott, who previously held onto the second-most number of hits for a rookie in his first full calendar month with 42, set in September 1939.New York Yankees Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio holds that particular record, collecting 48 hits in May 1936.While Puig has certainly amazed most in the baseball community with his impressive statistics (Puig batted .436 with seven home runs and 16 RBI in June), it’s his fellow Los Angeles teammates that have been amazed most by the talents he has displayed in less than a month with the club.Los Angeles starting pitcher Stephen Fife asserts that Puig has been the burst of energy that a stagnant Dodgers club needed heading into the summer stretch.“Puig’s definitely brought an energy and a spark to us, and his skill level, I think, is a little more than anybody anticipated it would be,” Fife said. “Ever since he first got here, I’ve had a lot of friends and family ask me: ‘Hey, what’s it like?’ And I just say: ‘Keep watching, because it’s going to be historic.’ And as it’s turned out, it’s been a pretty historic start.”Since Puig’s promotion, the Dodgers have gone 15-11 and scored an average of 4.33 runs per game in that 26 game span. Prior to the arrival of Puig, the Dodgers had boasted a paltry 23-32 record and had been scoring an average of 3.45 runs per game.“It doesn’t seem like he’s slowing down,” Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. “He’s definitely changed the culture in the clubhouse.”He certainly appears to have changed the culture in Los Angeles or at least has helped add a much needed spark to a Dodgers lineup that was sitting last in the NL West standings, mired 8 1/2 games back of the division leading Arizona Diamondbacks.Although the Dodgers still remain fifth in the standings, they are only four games back of the Diamondbacks and are in prime position to make a potential, yet viable postseason run behind the leadership of players like Yasiel Puig, who has rejuvenated not only a stagnant Los Angeles lineup, but also a baseball community that both admired and embraced the talents of this young star.
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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.
Los Angeles Dodgers rookie sensation Yasiel Puig put together a historically dominant month, and this epic highlight video proves exactly that.
Currently the topic of some heated debate here on Baseball Professor, some of us are all in on Yasiel Puig as a rare type of player, while others are screaming regression. His .436 batting average is the highest in any month among all first-year players since 1916 (min. 100 plate appearances), and Puig also joined Joe DiMaggio as the only players in baseball history to collect at...
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...
Bored with baseball, Yasiel Puig takes up a new sport.
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.
Puig finished June with 44 hits, surpassing the 42 by Pittsburgh's Bob Elliott in September 1939 for the second-most in a player's first full calendar...
Yasiel Puig’s June was so hot (44 hits, 7 homers, 16 RBIs, .436 average in 101 AB) that many people are at least discussing the possibility that he belongs in the All Star Game (Image source: Yahoo Sports at http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/UXg7hfVZ1WSYKYyWvAdkJQ–/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7cT04NTt3PTYzMA–/http://media.zenfs.com/en/blogs/sptusmlbexperts/puigarms.jpg)
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...
I know what you’re thinking, “No, not another story about Yasiel Puig.” While yes, he is currently all the rage in Major League Baseball, this is not another story about Yasiel Puig, but about what he and a couple of other young players represent: a new wave of super-athletes in baseball.
A look at current and historic stats would argue that Puig is only the most recent...
The surging Los Angeles Dodgers are back in the race thanks largely to Yasiel Puig.
The Colorado Rockies' Michael Cuddyer has turned heads of late, too.
Puig and the visiting Dodgers look to keep rolling while Cuddyer tries to extend the longest hitting streak in franchise history Tuesday night.
Los Angeles (38-43) enters this three-game set seeking a ninth win in 10 games...
For one night, the conversation wasn't all about rookie sensation Yasiel Puig.
Granted, the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder did have another stellar game, which is pretty much the standard these days. But Clayton Kershaw accomplished what few have been able to do lately - he stole some of Puig's spotlight.
Kershaw tossed a four-hitter for his second shutout of the season...
The Los Angeles Dodgers are not only on a hot streak winning nine of the last ten, they also stopped Michael Cuddyer’s 27-game hit streak Tuesday night. The latest win was an 8-0 drubbing of the Colorado Rockies as Clayton Kershaw was on cruise control with a complete game victory to propel the Dodgers out of the cellar in the National League West.
The Dodgers move out of last...
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.
For one thing, the game turned out to be a recording of a nearly two-month-old matchup between the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves.