Former Los Angeles Dodger right fielder Raul Mondesi was at Dodger Stadium on Sunday to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the team took on the San Fransisco Giants. In this visit, Mondesi was feeling nostalgic as he realized that current Dodger right fielder Yasiel Puig reminded him of himself. Although Mondesi admits that Puig is bigger than him, he sees many similarities between the two.
Mondesi played with the Dodgers for seven seasons and was even the 1994 National League Rookie of the Year. Puig was the runner-up for the honor just last year. With their high energies and power at the plate, both players have the ability to draw in big crowds of fans. Having been in Puig’s position as a young player, the former right fielder expects Puig to make mistakes early in his career but believes he can be a great player one day as long as the organization does not rush his development.
With Mondesi hitting 271 home runs in his career, the Dodgers hope that Puig will turn out to be the great player that Mondesi once was. Although he has been approached by many teams to going their staffs, the former Dodger is a little occupied, as he is currently the mayor of his hometown San Cristobal, Dominican Republic.
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