In his second season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Yasiel Puig was voted into his firs All-Star Game and was invited by Troy Tulowitzki to participate in the 2014 Home Run Derby, which Puig stated on multiple occasions was something he hoped to receive.
After an approximate one-hour rain delay, the Derby got underway at Target Field in Minnesota. Puig hit third for the National League team in what was another disappointing Dodger performance in the contest.
Taking pitches from Robinson Cano’s father, Puig went without a home run in his debut with the closest shots coming one to the warning track in left-center and another down the left field line. Cano is the last player to go without a homer in the Derby, doing so in 2012.
Puig is the second Dodger to not hit a home run in the Derby, joining Mike Piazza who had the same result in 1993 and 1994.
Matt Kemp competed in the contest in 2011 and 2012, and hit two and one home run, respectively, in his appearances. Hee-Seop Choi remains the leader among Dodgers who have participated with five home runs in 2005.
Although Puig was interested in being among the Home Run Derby contestants, it may have come at a bad time for him. After an impressive collection of home runs in the early stages of the season, Puig has just one homer since May.
It’s possible the poor performance can be attributed to first-time jitters and Puig will certainly get the opportunity to redeem himself in Tuesday’s All-Star Game. St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny revealed his lineup Monday that has Puig in right field and batting second.
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