Much has been made of Yoenis Cespedes’ throw from deep left field that nailed Howie Kendrick at home plate. Talk quickly began to circulate Cespedes’ throw may be the play of the year, which was an honor once bestowed on Yasiel Puig after his diving catch.
In discussing Cespedes’ throw, Puig praised the play, but stopped short of admitting if he or Cespedes had a stronger arm.
Puig’s maturation this season has led to his manager referring to him as the best right fielder in the game and Puig also leads the Los Angeles Dodgers in several offensive statistics.
While the Dodgers were in Cincinnati as part of a seven-game road trip, Puig was shown a sign of respect from Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips in second inning of a scoreless game. Phillips was on first base following an infield single and held up at second on a Jay Bruce single to right field.
Rather than test the arm of a charging Puig, Phillips rounded second base and remained put, adding a smile and a bow in Puig’s direction.
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