Dodgers News: Yasiel Puig is Joining the Caribbean League to Continue Baseball Career

Before Ronald Acuña Jr., Fernando Tatís, and Juan Soto there was an electrifying, bat-licking, playmaking player from Cuba, Yasiel Puig.

Puig burst on the scene in his rookie year for the Dodgers in 2013, garnering MVP votes and coming in second for Rookie of the Year. In his second year in the league, he made the All-Star team.

But the following 6 years after that, the once young superstar on the rise would experience a decline in production and would be out of the league at just 28 years old.

After bouncing around different international baseball leagues like the Dominican Winter League, Mexican League, and the Korean Baseball League, the now 32-year-old power-hitting outfielder is heading to the Caribbean.

Puig was an electrifying player to watch for the Dodgers from hitting no-doubt home runs and celebrating before the ball landed to making diving catches and gunning people out from the outfield. After 6 years with the Dodgers, the outfielder would only play one more year in the MLB before he was off the Major League radar.

While many realized the talent the player still had, too many off-the-field problems would keep him off any Major League roster.

The former Dodgers star still has plenty left in the tank and it shows in his international stats. In 2022, for the KBO, Puig hit 21 home runs and ended the regular season with an OPS of .841.

He kept his postseason notoriety intact by hitting a huge home run in the KBO postseason.

Now, at 32 years old, Puig is a very long shot to ever reach the Major League ever again, but that does not mean he won’t keep making baseball highlights, for whatever team or league he is on.

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Jacob Zinder

Jacob Zinder is a digital sports journalist that recently graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Growing up in California, Jacob has been a fan of the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Dodgers for his entire life.

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