October 3, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielderYasiel Puig
(66) reacts after scoring a run in the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in game one of the 2014 NLDS playoff baseball game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Yasiel Puig is here to stay. I was excited about Puig and defended him over a year ago, and I continue to marvel in his baseball talents as well as his rambunctious personality. Controversy comes with the territory, but Puig should continue to make like Taylor Swift and Shake it Off so that he can cement his place in Dodger history. While his home country’s relationship with his new home country has began to warm up so does Puig’s maturity and baseball growth. Puig’s and also Hyun-jin Ryu‘s accomplishments and promising future has already influenced the Dodgers to delve more into international scouting and development. Puig is a game changer not only in the oufield and in the batter’s box, but also historically and socially during a time when baseball has been increasingly popular globally creating a market for global branding for the MLB. The Dodgers shouldn’t take Yasiel Puig for granted, and here are 6 reasons why baseball is benefiting from Puig.