Former Dodgers: The Wild Horse Can Still Run — Watch Puig’s Inside-the-Park HR
Former Dodger Yasiel Puig hasn’t played in the major leagues since 2019, when he split the season between Cincinnati and Cleveland. He had a rumored agreement with the Braves in 2020, but he came down with Covid before it was finalized and Atlanta went a different direction.
Puig has spent this season playing for the Kiwoom Heroes in the Korean Baseball Organization, posting an .822 OPS with 40 extra-base hits.
At 6-foot-2 and a weight anywhere between 230 and 260 pounds, the Wild Horse‘s freakish athletic nature always included being faster than a man his size had any business being. That speed still seems to be part of his game, as you can see in this inside-the-park home run Puig himself shared on social media.
Inside the park #homerun
I loves baseball! My favorite parts is when announcers say ooooooooooooh……? pic.twitter.com/7lrEmFswLw
— Yasiel Puig (@YasielPuig) August 26, 2022
Puig was originally called out at home on the play, but a replay review showed that he clearly tagged the plate before the catcher applied the tag. According to our stopwatch, Puig circled the bases in about 16 seconds, even though he took a brief moment to admire it off the bat before he started running. It’s not near the record — Byron Buxton once circled the bases in 13.85 seconds — and it’s about a second slower than Puig himself rounded the bases on his little league homer against the Nationals in 2016.
But Puig is nearly 32 years old these days, and 16 seconds at his age and his size is still ridiculously impressive — and fun to watch.
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