Before Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig made it to the big leagues, he was playing with Double A Chattanooga. Puig played 40 games with the Double A affiliate before getting promoted to the big league club on June 3.
During his time in Tennessee, Puig was arrested back in April for reckless driving and speeding as he was clocked doing 97 mph in a 50 mph zone a little after 1 am. Since he didn’t continue to play in Tennessee, Puig had his hearing pushed back to this morning and according to Hollie Webb of Chattanoogan.com, the charges were dropped:
After taking everything into consideration, Judge Bales decided to dismiss the case against Puig. His reasons were Puig’s lack of prior record, the fact that he currently lives out of state, and Puig’s active participation in community service activities.
Dodgers Executive Vice President and CMO Lon Rosen wrote a letter on behalf of Puig discussing his charitable work he’s done throughout the year and that he’s attended fundraisers for an orphange in Zambia.
Not much was known abut Puig at the time of his arrest, but he’s quickly turned himself into one of the polarizing figures in all of baseball. After his promotion, the Dodgers went on an incredible 42-8 run that saw them win the NL West and get to Game 6 of the NLCS.
Going into the 2014 season, a lot more is expected of Puig as he’s spending his time in Los Angeles during the off-season as he looks to build on an impressive rookie season.
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