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The Wild Horse might become a thoroughbred in Cincinnati – Daily News

The Wild Horse might become a thoroughbred in Cincinnati – Daily News
  • The Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig celebrates after hitting the game-winning two-run double to defeat the Chicago White Sox 5-Four in the ninth inning of a recreation at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig takes a photograph with a digital camera throughout batting follow earlier than a recreation towards the Diamondbacks on Sept. 26, 2018 in Phoenix, Ariz. (Photograph by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Photographs)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig, #66, reacts to the hit by Boston Purple Sox Mitch Moreland going over the wall for a Three-run homer in the seventh inning of recreation 4 of the World Collection at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, October 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig, #66, reacts to his Three-run homer in recreation 4 of the World Collection at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, October 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig, #66, reacts to his Three-run homer in recreation 4 of the World Collection at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, October 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig hits an RBI single in the thirteenth inning of recreation three of the World Collection at Dodger Stadium on Friday, October 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig, #66, reacts to his Three-run homer in recreation 4 of the World Collection at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, October 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig seems to the sky after hitting a three-run house run Recreation Four of the 2018 World Collection towards the Pink Sox at Dodger Stadium. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig, #66, rounds the bases after hitting a Three-run homer in recreation 4 of the World Collection at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, October 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig, #66, blows a kiss to the dugout after hitting a Three-run homer in recreation 4 of the World Collection at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, October 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig, #66, rounds the bases after hitting a Three-run homer in recreation 4 of the World Collection at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, October 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Followers react to Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig, #66, as he rounds the bases after hitting a Three-run homer in recreation 4 of the World Collection at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, October 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy scores on a Yasiel Puig RBI single in the thirteenth inning of recreation three of the World Collection at Dodger Stadium on Friday, October 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig kisses his bat earlier than coming out in the 11th inning of recreation three of the World Collection at Dodger Stadium on Friday, October 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig hits an RBI single through the fourth inning of Recreation 2 of the World Collection baseball recreation towards the Boston Pink Sox Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photograph/Matt Slocum)

  • BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 23: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after his fourth inning strike out towards the Boston Pink Sox in Recreation One of many 2018 World Collection at Fenway Park on October 23, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photograph by Elsa/Getty Pictures)

  • BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 22: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers waves throughout a workforce exercise previous to the beginning of Main League Baseball’s World Collection towards the Boston Purple Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts on October 22, 2018. (Employees photograph by Christopher Evans, Boston Herald)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig is doused by Manny Machado as they have fun in the clubhouse after Recreation 7 of the Nationwide League Championship Collection baseball recreation towards the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photograph/Jeff Roberson)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig celebrates after Recreation 7 of the Nationwide League Championship Collection baseball recreation towards the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. The Dodgers gained 5-1 to advance to the World Collection. (AP Photograph/Jeff Roberson)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig (66) hits a three -run house run through the sixth inning of Recreation 7 of the Nationwide League Championship Collection baseball recreation towards the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photograph/Charlie Riedel)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig (66) hits a three -run house run through the sixth inning of Recreation 7 of the Nationwide League Championship Collection baseball recreation towards the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photograph/Charlie Riedel)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig hits a three-run residence run through the sixth inning of Recreation 7 of the Nationwide League Championship Collection baseball recreation towards the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photograph/Matt Slocum)

  • MILWAUKEE, WI – OCTOBER 20: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a three run house run towards Jeremy Jeffress #32 of the Milwaukee Brewers through the sixth inning in Recreation Seven of the Nationwide League Championship Collection at Miller Park on October 20, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photograph by Dylan Buell/Getty Pictures)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig (66) celebrates as he runs bases after hitting a three-run residence run through the sixth inning of Recreation 7 of the Nationwide League Championship Collection baseball recreation towards the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photograph/Charlie Riedel)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig runs to second base for a double in the course of the second inning of Recreation 7 of the Nationwide League Championship Collection baseball recreation towards the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photograph/Charlie Riedel)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig (66) celebrates as he runs bases after hitting a three-run residence run in the course of the sixth inning of Recreation 7 of the Nationwide League Championship Collection baseball recreation towards the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photograph/Charlie Riedel)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig (66) celebrates as he runs bases after hitting a three-run house run through the sixth inning of Recreation 7 of the Nationwide League Championship Collection baseball recreation towards the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photograph/Charlie Riedel)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig celebrates with Max Muncy after hitting a three-run residence run in the course of the sixth inning of Recreation 7 of the Nationwide League Championship Collection baseball recreation towards the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photograph/Matt Slocum)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig takes batting apply earlier than Recreation 6 of the Nationwide League Championship Collection baseball recreation towards the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photograph/Jeff Roberson)

  • Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throughout a exercise previous to recreation one in every of Nationwide League Division Collection at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October Three, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig (66) celebrates after hitting a double in the course of the second inning of Recreation 7 of the Nationwide League Championship Collection baseball recreation towards the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photograph/Jeff Roberson)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig seems again at his dugout as he hits an RBI single in the sixth inning of recreation 5 of the Nationwide League Championship Collection at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig hits an RBI single in the sixth inning of recreation 5 of the Nationwide League Championship Collection at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig takes a bow after he thought he stole third base in the eighth inning however was informed to return to second in recreation 5 of the Nationwide League Championship Collection at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig breaks his bat after hanging out with bases loaded through the seventh inning of Recreation 2 of the Nationwide League Championship Collection baseball recreation Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photograph/Jeff Roberson)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig (66) breaks a bat after putting out in the course of the seventh inning of Recreation 2 of the Nationwide League Championship Collection baseball recreation towards the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photograph/Jeff Roberson)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers proper fielder Yasiel Puig watches from the dugout in the course of the eighth inning of recreation 5 of the World Collection at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig, middle, runs with a soccer between Joc Pederson, left, and Chase Utley throughout apply for Recreation 1 of the baseball staff’s NLCS towards the Milwaukee Brewers, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a soccer round throughout a exercise previous to recreation one of many Nationwide League Championship Collection at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. The collection begins in Milwaukee. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers’ first base coach George Lombard talks with Yasiel Puig after his single in the second inning towards the Boston Pink Sox in recreation 5 of the World Collection at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates as he runs residence to attain on a two run RBI single by teammate David Freese #25 (not pictured) in the course of the sixth inning of Recreation 4 of the Nationwide League Division Collection towards the Atlanta Braves at Turner Area on October Eight, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photograph by Scott Cunningham/Getty Photographs)

  • Yasiel Puig is congratulated by Dodgers teammates after hitting a house run towards the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning at Busch Stadium on September 15, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Pictures)

  • The DodgersÕ Yasiel Puig #66 smiles after the Dodgers beat the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. The Dodgers beat the Rockies Eight-2. (Photograph by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig watches the flight of his second residence run of the night time because it clears the fence in the course of the ninth inning of Friday’s Three-Zero victory over the Cardinals in St. Louis. (AP Photograph/Billy Hurst)

  • Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig exhibits his frustration as he watches from the dugout throughout Monday’s 5-Three loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers are Three-6 (.333) in their final 9 video games when tied or main in the ninth inning or later. Previous to this stretch, they have been 64-9 (.877) in such video games this season. (Photograph by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado, left, talks with outfielder Yasiel Puig throughout batting follow previous to Thursday’s recreation towards the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 29: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers dives into third base after hitting a triple towards the Texas Rangers in the highest of the seventh inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photograph by Tom Pennington/Getty Photographs)

  • ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 29: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers dives into third base after hitting a triple towards the Texas Rangers in the highest of the seventh inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photograph by Tom Pennington/Getty Photographs)

All of us noticed Yasiel Puig grew up however, thankfully, not all the best way.

He threw each arms over his head when the house runs left his bat, which he had typically licked into obedience. He smooched Turner Ward, his batting coach, who now awaits him in Cincinnati.

He lasted six years with the Dodgers, which was no less than three greater than we might have safely predicted, however on Friday he and Matt Kemp and Alex Wooden have been shipped to Cincinnati. An L.A. story that started with large fireworks now ended in the chilly lettering of an e-mailed launch.

Puig turned a much more substantial individual because the years went on, together with his Wild Horse Basis and his spectacular conquest of the English language. Oddly, he was a much less substantial participant.

He can become a free agent after 2019 and if the Dodgers had thought he was a franchise-carrier, they might not have traded him. However, he’s headed to a ballpark that’s one massive energy alley. If Ward can cease him from leaping out of his footwear, he might attain all these promised glories. He solely turned 28 on Dec. 7.

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The commerce itself is an instance of why the posh tax features as a very actual wage cap for many groups. The Dodgers received pitcher Homer Bailey in return and instantly launched him, they usually obtained two prospects that the Reds felt snug surrendering.

The apparent consequence is that the Dodgers have opened wage and positional room for Bryce Harper. However the Dodgers not often do the apparent. It’s simply as potential that they’re making room for Alex Verdugo in proper subject and can pursue Miami catcher J.T. Realmuto or Cleveland pitchers Trevor Bauer or Corey Kluber. Any of the three might be as practical for the Dodgers as Harper.

They acquired a good reward from Kemp, who was in all probability their offensive MVP in the primary two months of 2018 and stored them from inextricable burial. Now they’ve shrewdly handed him down the road, to his fourth membership in 5 years.

They might be bitten by Wooden, who went 19-Three two years in the past and was sensible in World Collection Recreation Four in 2017. However their belief in him was all the time momentary, and in the postseason Wooden was a miscast reliever. His sinking stuff might serve Cincinnati properly.

Puig’s place in Dodger lore goes far past his precise manufacturing. He was a cannonball into the Nationwide League pool when he got here up in 2013.

He had 5 three-hit video games in his first 21. He was batting .443 after his first 27. He had 44 hits in June, a Dodgers document. He beat out floor balls and he threw out disbelieving baserunners from deep proper subject. He was a shot of Pink Bull for a sleepy franchise, which was 24-32 when Puig confirmed up and 92-70 at season’s finish.

He was so good that, after solely 109 video games, he completed second to Jose Fernandez for NL Rookie of the Yr and was voted 15th for MVP.

Inevitably, the league figured him out, and his tardiness, moodiness, recklessness on the street and basic refusal to paint contained in the strains tended to wear down the clubhouse. Clayton Kershaw needed him gone, and A.J. Ellis publicly critiqued him after Puig’s sloppiness was the lowlight of an elimination loss in St. Louis.

It modified as a result of the Dodgers’ clubhouse modified, and have become extra welcoming. Justin Turner and others determined to incorporate him. Dave Roberts turned the supervisor in 2017 and was each understanding and unbending. A turning level got here in July of 2016, when Puig was banished to Oklahoma Metropolis for 19 video games. The Dodgers stored profitable anyway. He appeared to note.

Puig’s charisma additionally sprang from his previous, his 13 tried escapes from Cuba and his last, profitable journey to the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. The drivers of that boat have been members of a vicious drug cartel. Puig was extorted, and sued by a boxer who claimed that Puig falsely testified towards him in a homicide case.

The followers might have sensed that Puig’s antics have been the trustworthy expressions of his liberation, from spending life in so many invisible prisons. Principally they only loved him. Watching his at-bats was obligatory.

He hit 51 house runs in 2017-18, however step one, the one from dugout to area, was the toughest. Puig compiled greater than 500 plate appearances solely twice for the Dodgers. He stated he was born to play baseball, however perhaps his hamstrings weren’t.

It’s hoped that Cincinnati, a place the place the don’t-walk signal is rigorously noticed, will understand they’ve a proper fielder who was born to be wild.

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