Former Dodger fan favorite Yasiel Puig has had a difficult few years. He suddenly appeared on the scene in 2013 and rose to fame in Los Angeles. Sadly, it only took a few years before things started to go south in his relationships with the team and the fan base. His talent was clear on the field. Over his first two seasons, The Wild Horse hit.305 with 35 home runs, and in 2014, he was selected for the All-Star Game. But as time went on, speculation about his conduct off the field grew louder and more dubious headlines appeared.
Puig frequently arrived late to games, disobeyed instructions from the coaching staff, got into altercations with teammates, and had legal troubles as well. Speeding tickets, a DUI arrest, and allegations of at least three women being assaulted were all resolved out of court. The Cuban-born outfielder eventually spent half a season with the Cincinnati Reds before being sent to the Cleveland Indians at the 2019 trade deadline.
Yasiel Puig: The man with the twisted reputation
Yasiel Puig’s 2019 statistics were about league average, but because of his reputation, he was unable to obtain employment in 2020 and missed the full season. He made another attempt in 2021 with comparable results, and he ultimately joined the Mexican League. Puig performed well and thought that American organizations would give him an opportunity, but that didn’t happen. He switched representation in 2022 and agreed to play with the Korean Baseball Organization that year.
Yasiel Puig recently admitted to TMZ Sports that he still likes the MLB and the Dodgers despite being content in the KBO. The 31-year-old is aware that he is a player with baggage and is keen to prove to everyone that he has changed and is prepared to make a comeback to the major leagues. Baseball, unfortunately, is a game with a long memory. Nobody wants someone hired with a history of putting the “I” in team because clubhouse attitude is such a significant role overall. Puig seems to be trying to demonstrate that he is still learning the lesson.