May 27, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (66) before the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Many Faces Of Yasiel Puig


As a fan of Major League Baseball, it’s easy to take pleasure in watching Los Angeles Dodgers’ sensation Yasiel Puig, whether you wear Dodger Blue or not.

Actually, it may be easier to be a fan of Puig’s if you are not actively invested in the Dodgers as a winning, playoff-chasing baseball team. Considering the threat Puig’s talents pose to the opposition both at the plate and in the field, it may seem odd to make a statement like that.

Therein lies the mystery of  Yasiel Puig.

Because as good as Puig can be, his lack of focus and extreme cockiness sometimes make him almost as big a threat to his own team as he is to the other 29 teams in the MLB.

Take the series earlier this month against the Mets in New York City, for example. In one game, Puig made a catch so spectacular, he was rewarded with a standing ovation. From Mets’ fans. In that same game, he was doubled off not once, but twice. One step forward, two steps back, it seems.

Puig’s Unbelievable Catch:

Puig’s Base Running Gaffe GIF:

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In the same game. Yikes. Puig giveth, Puig taketh away. That really has to sting if you’re a Dodgers’ fan. If you’re not? You ooh and aah at the highlights and shake your head and laugh at the mistakes.

In addition to boneheaded baserunning, Puig also enjoys congratulating himself. He enjoys it so much in fact, sometimes he practices his bat flips on fly outs. Oops.

An Epic Puig Bat Flip After a 452ft Home Run 

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 And an Epic Puig Bat Flip on a Fly Out

When talking about Puig’s many talents, you can’t over look his amazing, cannon-like arm along side his ability to make fantastic, high-light reel catches. But Puig’s lack of focus doesn’t only plague him at the plate and on the base paths, it exists in his defense as well.

Puig Shows Off His Arm: 

Puig Loses A Ball In the Sun: 

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So, yeah. Fans of baseball, but not Dodgers’ fans in particular, are in the best spot to enjoy the many faces of Yasiel Puig.

For now. And we should enjoy it while we can, because Puig can be taught to run the bases and he can mature enough to keep focus and not pimp a home run that gets caught in front of the warning track.

And when that happens, it’s gonna hurt to watch him use his many talents to make the Dodgers’ faithful smile and wonder why they ever doubted him.

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  • Calixto Jose

    —”But Puig’s lack of focus doesn’t only plague him at the plate and on the base paths, it exists in his defense as well.”—
    Puig needs to improve his baserunning, and that will certainly happen soon. But lack of focus at the plate and on defense? Are you serious? And you base your conclusion about his defense on a ball he lost in the sun? Have you ever played baseball; softball? Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente lost track of fly balls in the sun. Puig is all about focus in the outfield. He has the quickest/fastest reaction/first step toward hit balls, probably in the majors. As to his hitting, the man is batting close to .350, SECOND IN THE MAYORS. Puig is among the leaders in every ofensive category at the age of 23, during his first full year in the major leagues. Hate Puig for his antics, his style, etal, that’s a matter of taste, but you should’nt allow your dislike for the fellow to cloud your judgment, and thus affect your credibility.

    • Josie Parnell

      Whoa! I wasn’t slamming Puig. Not at all. I actually was complimenting him.

      You’re absolutely right about the ball in the sun, I should have used the gif of him almost decapitating Uribe with a throw in from right when he lost track of the outs in the inning to demonstrate his occasional lack of focus in the field, that’s my bad.

      As far as his presence at the plate, again, I wasn’t slamming Puig. He’s obviously ridiculously talented, but he makes a fool of himself and diminishes the level of respect he gets because he flips his bat on a ball that barely hits the warning track. To me, that shows a little lack of self awareness and focus. Your mileage may vary.

      I’m a fan of Puig, and I’m sorry that got missed in the article, I certainly don’t “hate” him. I just think until he gets his head straight, it’s easier to be a fan of his when you’re not actively rooting for the Dodgers.

    • Josie Parnell

      Oh, and thank you for reading and commenting! I appreciate it and hope you enjoy my next piece more. :)

  • Carlos Centurion

    This is really “old-stuff-on-Puig” article. Looks like written 1 year ago…And 100% agree with Calixto Jose…

    • Josie Parnell

      Sorry you feel that way! I responded to Calixto Jose in detail, if you’re interested!

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, and I sincerely hope my next piece works better for you and doesn’t feel like old news. :)

  • Calixto Jose

    “As far as his presence at the plate, again, I wasn’t slamming Puig. He’s obviously ridiculously talented, but he makes a fool of himself and diminishes the level of respect he gets because he flips his bat on a ball that barely hits the warning track.”

    The respect of who? Why such language as calling him a fool? You’re entitled to your opinions, but I can safely say that most baseball fans don’t find Puig’s flip of the bat particularly alarming, much less disrespectful. I think you’re looking too much into the negative. The positive about Puig is much more evident and enjoyable. . He plays the game the way kids play the game, with abandonment. He has no regard for his physical body, and charges the balls into a steel fence if necessary. He plays the game the way we all remember it . The way it should be played. He runs the bases, sometimes foolishly, but with the all out energy of a kid playing a kid’s game, which is what baseball is. That’s why fans like Puig. THAT’S WHY CHILDREN, WHO PICK UP ON THIS RIGHT AWAY, WEAR HIS JERSEY AND CELEBRATE HIM.

    You want ammo for criticism? His sometimes lazy trot to First while he admires his contact, instead of immediately hustling to First. Tommy Lazorda would have benched him for that. Mattingly answers to greater gods. He’s not polished to your taste, Josie, that’s fine, but his baseball is delicious. That;s what counts. I think that the word ‘Disrespect” is better suited for Enhancing drug users who are allowed back or for members of Puig’s own team, who can’t play half as good as they used to, are still paid hundreds of millions of Dollars, yet they start crying and complaining when it is suggested that they change positions. That;s Disrespect. But Puig slamming into walls, fliping bats, batting .340, with the highest on base percentage in the mayors, and playing like a big kid, which naturally he is, that’s the most respectful WAY TO PLAY A KID’S GAME, LIKE A KID.