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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.

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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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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