Yasiel Puig’s ascension into the spotlight came in June when the Dodgers were staring last place in the face and injuries to the outfield forced them to promote the 22-year-old.
Puig brought life and energy to Chavez Ravine and marveled in the outfield, leading to a resurgence for the Dodgers and began their incredible 42-8 run that saw them go from last place to first place in the NL West. In his first five games, Puig hit .436 with 10 RBI and finished the season hitting .319 with 19 home runs and 42 RBI in 104 games.
Puig made most of his impressions on the field, but became a polarizing figure off the field in his short time with the Dodgers. Today, Puig was honored with the GQ ‘Phenom of the Year’ title. The magazine talked to Puig’s caretaker Tim Bravo who discussed how overwhelmed Puig was with so many Gatorade flavors and how happy he was to be able to watch the Three Stooges whenever he pleased.
During the off-season, Puig is a regular at Staples Center for Lakers games and hosted 50 little leaguers at Dodger Stadium for a clinic. He and Lakers forward Pau Gasol also went to a Children’s Hospital in hopes of cheering kids up. Safe to say, Puig’s had a busy off-season.
Dodgers Nation News:
Kenley Jansen emerges as closer [LA Times]
Matt Kemp wants to stay, says agent [Fox Sports]
Dodgers add Pedro Baez, Yimi Garcia, Jarret Martin to 40-man roster [TrueBlueLA]
Dodgers lose Shawn Tolleson to Rangers, plus 40-man & Rule 5 Draft [Feelin’Kinda Blue]
St. Louis Cardinals’ pitcher Chris Carpenter retires [Hardball Talk]
Alex Rodriguez walks out of grievance hearing [ESPN NY]
Cardinals sign manager Mike Matheny to three-year extension [Hardball Talk]
Josh Johnson signs one-year deal with the Padres [Yahoo]
Yankees don’t expect Robinson Cano to get $300 million [Newsday]
Rangers trade Ian Kinsler to Tigers for Prince Fielder and cash [FoxSports]
ICYMI: The Texas Rangers and Dodgers talked trade at the GM Meetings.