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Dodgers trade Puig and others

Fan favorite outfielder Yasiel Puig and several others were traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Cincinnati Reds this week. It officially ends an era that saw the Cuban player display his brand of baseball in the Major Leagues.

Puig, Matt Kemp, Alex Wood and Kyle Farmer were all traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Reds in exchange for prospects Jeter Downs and Josiah Gray. They also received pitcher Homer Bailey but released him immediately.

The budding Cuban super star Puig showed flashes of his abundance of talent especially in his first year in the Major Leagues. But pro baseball is always filled with adjusting and re-adjusting. Pitchers make changes in their attack points and batters are forced to do the same. Puig had slowly made those adaptations and was emerging as a force on the Dodger attack.

During the World Series against the Boston Red Sox, it was evident that Puig was one of the few that enjoyed and reveled in the tense and pressure-filled battles for the championship. Only Justin Turner had more hits than Puig who had five hits in the series. Turner had seven hits and David Freese also had five hits. The remainder of the Dodgers were mystified by Boston’s pitching.

Clutch hitting was always a strongpoint of Puig throughout his tenure with the Dodgers and was never more evident than in 2018. Despite only having 405 at bats and splitting time in right field with other players, the Cuban star hit 23 homers and 63 rbi’s and had a .820 OPS. Those are excellent stats and could be inflated even more in the smaller Cincy ballpark.

Aside from hitting, Puig is also one of the best outfielders in MLB and though he often missed the cutoff, he was feared by all for his cannon arm.

Expect Puig to finally emerge as the super star that was predicted for him during his first year as a Major Leaguer. All the conditions are ripe for the Cuban player who is now 28 years old.

Fans loved Puig and were sorry to see him go from Chavez Ravine.

New Dodger

If you followed the Dodgers for the past 10 years then you are very familiar with Joe Kelly who wreaked havoc against them while with the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox.

Kelly always had a mean streak which is good for any pitcher. He’s infamous for hitting players including the Dodgers’ Hanley Ramirez in 2013 during the playoffs. At the time Ramirez was unstoppable and it led to the Dodgers being defeated by St. Louis in the playoffs. Kelly also was suspended this year for hitting a New York Yankee during a battle of hit batsmen. But his complete dominance over the Dodgers in the World Series this past October was evidence of his ability and importance as a reliever. It also impressed the Dodgers.

The new Dodger pitcher attended Corona High School and also UC Riverside. He is a Southern California native and said he attended Dodgers games in his youth.