The internet almost exploded when the Dodgers announced that they would be sending Yasiel Puig down to the OKC Dodgers on August 2nd. It was very known that Puig was on the trading block before the deadline but unfortunately there was just no match. Yasiel Puig surprisingly has not been publicly upset about the move. If anything, judging by his snapchat, he has been the exact opposite!
Well NewsOK caught up with Yasiel Puig to ask him a few questions about how he feels about the demotion. Let’s take a look at the highlights!
NewsOK.com: Jacob Unruh
What did the team tell you following the Snapchat video post this week?
I really didn’t know how to use Snapchat. I was just playing around with my teammates. I just did something that was wrong.
His reaction to being sent to OKC:
When the club told me I was coming to OKC, I took that as their option. That’s what they told me. I’m here and I’m trying to be a better person. There’s a reason why I’m here. I’m trying to be a better teammate and a better person.
[button color=”red” size=”big” alignment=”center” rel=”follow” openin=”newwindow” url=”https://www.dodgersnation.com/dodgers-injury-update-bud-norris-starting-quakes-rich-hill-start-rehab/2016/08/13/”]Dodgers Injury Update: Bud Norris Starting for Quakes, Rich Hill to Start Rehab, and More![/button]
Is your ultimate goal to be back in the big leagues?
I’m here because I was not doing the right things over there. I’m here to improve myself, I’m here to become a better athlete again. That’s their position. Right now I’m going to focus on being better at the plate, being a better athlete and a better teammate.
What L.A. teammates tell him:
My friends back in L.A., they text me and tell me this can happen to anyone. The best thing you can do right now is focus and do what you need to do and then be a better teammate and also support your team.
Most importantly, the interview revealed that Yasiel Puig Plays Pokemon GO. I don’t think the front office will have a problem with Puig’s nightly activities as long as he is playing pokemon as opposed to partying with his teammates!
Had a chance to see the city yet?
Last night we went Pokemon hunting.
Before the Dodgers sent Yasiel Puig down to triple A, he had a .260 batting average, 7 home runs, and 34 RBIs with Los Angeles.
[graphiq id=”4ld9GPNkFuJ” title=”Yasiel Puig 2016 Batting Splits by Month” width=”640″ height=”494″ url=”https://w.graphiq.com/w/4ld9GPNkFuJ” link=”http://baseball-players.pointafter.com/l/13252/Yasiel-Puig” link_text=”Yasiel Puig 2016 Batting Splits by Month | PointAfter” ]
The most important thing for Yasiel Puig to do now is to take his time with the OKC Dodgers to improve his mechanics at the plate and his relationships with his teammates. If Puig can prove that he has returned to the talented outfielder he was at the beginning of his career with a brand new work ethic, maybe the front office will consider calling him back up to the Majors. The impact that Yasiel Puig can have on the team is no secret. We’re all rooting for you, Wild Horse!
[button color=”red” size=”big” alignment=”center” rel=”follow” openin=”newwindow” url=”https://www.dodgersnation.com/postseason-preview-which-teams-are-the-biggest-threat-to-the-dodgers/2016/08/13/”]Postseason Preview: Which Teams Are The Biggest Threat to The Dodgers?[/button]