Former Dodger Yasiel Puig hasn’t played in the big leagues since 2019, but he’s been in South Korea playing in the KBO this season and is hitting pretty well. Puig hit an inside-the-park home run a couple weeks ago, and he’s in the midst of a lengthy on-base streak.
— Yasiel Puig (@YasielPuig) August 31, 2022
According to Puig’s agent (and retweeted by the Wild Horse himself), Puig has reached base safely in 33 straight games. That ties his longest such streak in the majors, when he reached in 33 straight games between late April and early June of 2014. His second-longest streak was just 17 games.
Overall this season, Puig is hitting .269 with a .363 on-base percentage and a .468 slugging percentage for the Kiwoom Heroes, with 16 homers and 26 doubles in 432 plate appearances.
Puig has expressed an interest in returning to MLB, saying a few weeks ago, “God put me in this spot to do the best I can to show people that I’ve changed from five or six years ago.”
With Puig’s baggage, though — he’s a handful, to put it lightly, both on the field and off — he’d probably have to be playing really well for a team to take a leap of faith on him having changed. As it is, he ranks 13th in the KBO in OPS, which is just fine. But Socrates Brito — he of the .179 career batting average and .525 OPS in MLB — is eight spots ahead of him on that leaderboard, which tells you all you need to know about KBO pitching.
As Johnnie Cochran probably said once, “If you can’t hit better than Socrates Brito, you probably don’t fill a major-league needo.”
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