May 21, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (66) hits a home run against the New York Mets during the 6th inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

Yasiel Puig would be open to Home Run Derby


After a scorching May, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has come back to earth in June. Still, the eccentric talent should have no problem securing a place on the National League’s All-Star roster and given he’ll be in town, he’d be more than welcoming for a spot the NL’s Home Run Derby team.

Picking that team will be Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, the National League captain, who stated he may pick his fellow National League West foe which was pleasant news to Puig.

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, the National League captain for the home-run derby, said this week that he would consider selecting Puig.

“If he chooses me, I absolutely welcome it,” Yasiel Puig told the Los Angeles Times through an interpreter, “but it doesn’t matter to me whether I play or not.”

While Puig has hit some impressive in-game home run’s, anybody who has seen the show he puts on during batting practice knows Puig would be a fan favorite in the contest. Of course, Puig isn’t alone in mashing batting practice fastballs as we’ve seen tons of players do the same, but Puig just hits them with a different type of authority.

Many batters have chosen not to participate in the beloved contest as they say it messes up their natural swing, but given Puig is more read-and-react then mechanical, maybe he’s avoid such a problem.

Hopefully Tulowtizki extends an invite to Yasiel Puig because despite his polarizing play, I don’t think there are many who’d skip out on watching him participate in the Home Run Derby.

Bat flips for days.

 

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