Former Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig hasn’t played in the big leagues since 2019, but he’s spent this year playing for the Kiwoom Heroes in the Korean Baseball Organization. The Heroes are currently playing in the KBO playoffs, and Puig made quite an impression on Wednesday.
You have to keep fighting for that one moments when you knows – that ball is yours. Thank you God ?? for my first postseason home run! Lets keep winning #heroes !#postseasonKBO #playoffs #winforvin pic.twitter.com/3NUxbYGBNA
— Yasiel Puig (@YasielPuig) October 19, 2022
Dodger fans are no strangers to big postseason homers from Puig, so this video brings back some memories. Puig’s detractors will be happy to know that the ball cleared the wall by plenty, so the homer he admired and bat-flipped was actually a homer.
Puig had a solid season for Kiwoom, batting .277 with an .841 OPS, 21 homers, and 30 doubles. His arm remains strong, too, throwing out eight runners on the bases on the season.
The Dodgers traded Puig to the Reds after the 2018 season, and he spent the first four months of the season in Cincinnati. At the trade deadline, the Reds sent him across Ohio to Cleveland, where he batted .297 with an .800 OPS for the Indians before hitting free agency.
Just before the pandemic-shortened 2020 season began, Puig reportedly agreed to a contract with the Braves, but he then contracted Covid and Atlanta went a different direction. An accusation of sexual assault, since settled out of court, contributed to MLB teams’ lack of interested in the polarizing outfielder, and he found himself in Korea. He has said he hopes to play in the major leagues again someday.
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