Since debuting with the Los Angeles Dodgers in June of 2013, Yasiel Puig’s passion, exuberance and flashy style of play has captivated fans in Los Angeles, but also drawn the ire of opponents.
Puig continued to cement himself as one of the game’s most exciting players last season while also keeping fans entertained off the field through his use of social media. His list of accomplishments grew this offseason as Puig was named the cover athlete for Sony’s MLB 15 The Show, which will be released March 31 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.
According to Cary Osborne of Dodger Insider, Mike Webster, director of product marketing for Sony Computer Entertainment America said they were looking for passion in the virtual world as well as on the baseball field:
We wanted to focus on someone whose passion for gaming is only superseded by their passion for baseball. Where gaming is organically part of what’s important to them. In that way, they can more organically speak to the brand and the game.”
Senior producer Jason Villa believes Puig fits the qualifications to help the game succeed:
For me and the team, we always talk about bringing energy to the game, and we really think Puig does that.”
Puig’s history with Sony’s MLB The Show’s series has included videos of him hitting a walk-off home run as himself, and an umpire teaching Puig how to flip his bat.
With nearly two seasons under his belt, the expectations for Puig will grow next season, particularly when considering what the Dodgers need to replace on the right side of the plate. The Dodgers endure a slump from their young outfielder last season, however with Matt Kemp no longer on the team, they may not be able to withstand a similar drought in 2015.