Yasiel Puig Thanks Clayton Kershaw, Says He’s Motivated To Play For Him

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Since being called up to the Majors from Double-A in June of 2013, Yasiel Puig has been taken under the wings by multiple veteran teammates who have provided guidance in Puig’s rapid rise to stardom.

Puig’s arrival was key in sparking the Los Angeles Dodgers’ historic run, but his time in the Majors has also come with bumps along the way. Over the last two seasons, claims from those outside of the clubhouse have asserted Puig is stubborn and unwilling to listen, among other negative accusations.

Nonetheless, Puig’s teammates have spoken on record about the young outfielder and refuted the idea he’s unable to be controlled or taught the nuances of the game. Puig was one of several Dodgers that Clayton Kershaw thanked in his acceptance speech for the NL MVP and Cy Young Awards, and he also was given high praise from the pitcher many believe to be the best in baseball.

In response to Kershaw’s kind words, Puig thanked the three-time Cy Young Award winner via his Instagram account, and said he’s motivated to play for Kershaw:


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