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Puig Returns to Dodgers

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Puig Returns to Dodgers Starting Line-up


Where will Yasiel Puig land?  This has been the question over the last month and had become a bit of a side-show for the Dodgers organization. The answer for now is Puig Returns to the Dodgers.  The demotion of Puig started out as a potential catastrophe.  A video released on snapchat showing Puig and teammates partying it up on a party bus kick started what looked to be a bad beginning in Puig’s Triple-A assignment.  However, after some time had passed reports begin to surface that Puig had bought into the demotion and was doing all the organization had asked of him.

After multiple trade rumors at the trade deadline and a report that Puig had been claimed from waivers, the once dynamic player has landed himself right back where he started.  On Friday night Puig was announced as a starter in the Dodgers line-up and fans received him well with a loud ovation.  Puig would comment on what that ovation meant to him.


“I was very happy and grateful,” Puig said through an interpreter.  “I thank God for the welcoming I received and the messages I received in my time, for everybody asking for my return.  I’m just very grateful to everyone.” 


It would seem that Puig found a sense of humility and appreciation with his demotion to the Minor Leagues.  In an interview with reporters after the game he commented on what the demotion meant and explained how he felt about it.


“Discipline was obviously one of the most important things.  I also had to be a better teammate and better disciplined within the clubhouse,” Puig said.  “They made the right choice sending me down there.  Now I’m doing the correct things to come back.  I’m here now and I’m grateful for the opportunity.”


Manager Dave Roberts was pleased to see the return of Yasiel Puig and commented on what his thoughts were on his progress.


“He accomplished what we had hoped.  He earned the opportunity to get back here,” Roberts said.  “From all the reports we received from the guys in Oklahoma City, he abided.  He was a great teammate and actually enjoyed himself in Oklahoma City.  To get him back here, we ultimately felt he made us better.”  “He was humbled to go down to Triple-A, fairly or unfairly, there’s a lot of attention on Yasiel, good or bad.  To swallow your pride and take care of business and look yourself in the mirror and say ‘I’ve got to be better,’ that’s tough to do.  For him to do that says a lot about his character.”


With the Dodgers struggling this year versus Left-handed pitching, the addition of Puig should help this team on their late season chase for a Division title.  The Dodgers currently rank last in the majors in OPS against Left-handed pitching with a .636 mark.  Puig has proven that he is a viable option against left-handers and he plays plus defense.  No one knows how this will all end or if Yasiel Puig will find himself a new home next season, but for this season he looks to be a Dodger and they are hoping he can give them a flashback to the once up and coming star they once knew.