Yasiel Puig Valdés is a Cuban-born American professional baseball right fielder. He has played in Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, and Cleveland Indians. His nickname is ‘The Wild Horse’, given to him by former longtime Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully. Puig is the all-time leader in postseason appearances for the Dodgers with 58.
About Yasiel Puig in brief
Yasiel Puig Valdés (born December 7, 1990), nicknamed The Wild Horse, is a Cuban-born American professional baseball right fielder. He has played in Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, and Cleveland Indians. Puig is the all-time leader in postseason appearances for the Dodgers with 58. He previously played for the Cuba national baseball team in the 2008 World Junior Baseball Championship, winning a bronze medal. He defected from Cuba in 2012, and signed a seven-year, USD 42 million contract with the Dodgers. He made his MLB debut on June 3, 2013. In 2013, Puig hit. 319 in 104 games with 19 home runs, and was selected by Baseball America to their annual \”All-Rookie team\”. Puig was traded to the Reds before the 2019 season, and the Reds traded Puig to the Indians at the 2019 trade deadline. He is the elder of two children of Omar and Maritza Puig. His father was an engineer in a sugar cane factory. He began playing baseball at the age of 9. He tried to defect to Mexico 13 times, in order to become a legal resident so he could become eligible to sign a contract in MLB. He was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2013 after allegedly testifying against him to Cuban authorities in a lawsuit against the Cuban-American mafia. The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant intercepted their boat near Haiti on the fourth try, and he was successfully taken to Mexico by Los Zetas, a murderous Mexican drug cartel involved in cocaine and smuggling.
The captain of the smuggling boat was later found dead in Cancún, Cuba. He had also been offered to Los Angeles-based agent Gus Dominguez, starting at USD 175,000, and bringing him out of Cuba and bringing out of the heart of their mafia. He also played for Cuban national team in 2011 World Port Tournament, where he tried to defects along with teammate Gerardo Concepción. In exchange, Pacheco would receive 20% of Puig’s future earnings after he signed an MLB contract. In 2010, he was disciplined for using a fake Bank of America credit card to buy USD 150,000 worth of beer and having in his possession four other fraudulent credit cards and a fake ID card. The boxer Miguel Angel Corbacho Daudin filed a federal lawsuit against Puig, calling him one of the most important capos of the Cuban mafia, and called Puig the’most important capone of the American mafia’ Puig has a sister, Yaima, who is also a professional baseball player. His nickname is ‘The Wild Horse’, given to him by former longtime Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully. He hit. 276 with five home runs in his debut season. He enjoyed a breakout season in the 2009–10 Cuban National Series, with a. 330 batting average, 17 home Runs, 47 runs batted in, and 78 runs scored in 327 at-bats.