After no doubt hearing the recent talk about his playing time being cut and news of his placement on waivers, Yasiel Puig decided to put his bat to work by slugging a home run and recording five RBI's. That's not to say that this all lead to a greater effort by him, but clearly he wants to make the statement that he's here to play. Hopefully, this single day explosion leads to an avalanche. Via Steve Bourbon at MLB.com:
"The swing is good right now, which helps him as much as anything to handle all pitches," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Momentum comes from having success. So when you put some success down, you have to start from somewhere."Puig adds further:
"I have the same swing, I've just been having trouble connecting," Puig said. "What I've been working on is being able to pick better pitches. Changing that, hopefully I'll be able to connect better based on my stance."Of note, returning Dodger Yimi Garcia, who joined the club yesterday when Peralta was sent to the DL, pitched two scoreless innings.
Photo above via @SportsNEtLA on twitter. Below are some links to check out:
- Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA, "Yasiel Puig claimed on waivers, pulled back by Dodgers, per report."
This is also a time to remind people that almost literally every player in baseball - the ones on the 40-man roster, at least - are placed on revocable waivers at some point in August. Scores and scores of then are claimed and pulled back, like Puig, and cannot be traded until after the season.
- Eric Stephen also tells us that, "Andrew Sopko, Scott De Jong, Ariel Sandoval win minor league awards."
- Via JP Hoornstra at the Daily News, "Dodgers find a place for struggling Joel Peralta: The disabled list."
Tuesday, Peralta said he’d been hurting since the Dodgers played the Phillies — a series that began eight days earlier.
“The neck is a little bit irritated,” he said.
- This is very cool. Via Chris Cwik at Big League Stew, "For the first time in MLB history, all 15 home teams won."
- With the 2015 season far from over Topps unveils next years design for their flagship Baseball card set. Check it out on the right. The design will be border-less. Unfortunately, it features a giant player - Buster Posey. Per their blog:
“We have had a white border for so many years and it was sort of a staple of the Topps design,” said Topps senior art director John Doldan. “I think we are trying to move forward and make the cards a little more modern and current. I think gradually we have been going in that direction and break from the past a little bit.”
- Where was I when this happened? ESPN once aired the national rock, paper, scissors championship, and you can watch it below. It's epic. (Hat Tip: r/JKCompany on reddit)
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