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Yasiel Puig lost track of the number of outs and his reaction is great

There are a couple of things we know about Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig. He likes to swing at the first pitch and he has a ridiculously strong arm.

In the third inning of Tuesday’s game against the New York Mets, Puig showed off his cannon once again after hauling in a fly ball off the bat of David Wright. Only this time, Puig didn’t have to because, as Charley Steiner pointed out during the broadcast, it was the third out of the inning.

In the grand scheme of things, no harm was done.

As an added bonus, the reaction Puig provided during his interaction with teammates as they left the field was great.

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Adrian Gonzalez, Juan Uribe make Yasiel Puig a real-life bobblehead (Video)

For a guy who supposedly infuriates his manager and can rub opponents the wrong way unlike any other, Yasiel Puig sure seems to have a lot of fun with his teammates. Tuesday night was Yasiel Puig bobblehead night at Dodger Stadium. This inspired Juan Uribe and Adrian Gonzalez to turn the real Puig into a bobblehead.

While on their way to a 7-1 victory over the Miami Marlins, Gonzalez and Uribe decided to gang up on Puig, who had two hits and an RBI in the game. The following video proves it wasn’t a random assault — at least from Gonzalez.

Again, Puig and his teammates seem to get along just fine. The guy even had a tickle fight with Hyun-Jin Ryu in the dugout last month. I’m sure Puig’s bat flips — especially the ones that come on fly ball outs — can frustrate Don Mattingly and some of the Dodgers players. That doesn’t mean they have no love for the 23-year-old star.

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H/T Jimmy Traina’s The Big Buzz
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Yasiel Puig hits home run with himself in video game, has great reaction

Yasiel Puig celebratingYasiel Puig will frustrate you to no end with some of his bat-flipping antics, but then he goes out and posts a great video on Instagram that makes up for it all.

Puigy was playing MLB 14 The Show and using the Dodgers as his team. He hit a walk-off grand slam to win the game and then let out a great cheer. Awesome!

By the way, these video games are starting to look so realistic it took me a second to realize I was watching a video game clip and not a replay from a real game. Sick.

H/T Lana

Madison Bumgarner has words for Yasiel Puig after home run, bat flip (Video)

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San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner took exception to the way Yasiel Puig celebrated a home run on Friday night and let the Dodgers outfielder know about it.

Puig broke up Bumgarner’s shutout with a solo shot in the sixth. He did a little bat flip after hitting the homer, put his head down, and then began his trot around the bases. As he rounded third and made his way home, Bumgarner approached him to say something. Puig put his hands out and yelled back, and homeplate umpire Will Little broke it up.

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Shortly thereafter, Don Mattingly was ejected for arguing balls and strikes.

We obviously don’t know what MadBum said to Puig, but I don’t think Puig did anything too disrespectful or out of the ordinary. I mean that bat flip was tame by his standards. That one was more of a MadBum issue than a Puig issue. Pitchers can get sensitive after someone takes them deep.

Yasiel Puig does a bat flip on routine fly ball to center (Video)

Does anyone misjudge his own batted balls worse than Yasiel Puig? I’d have to say no.

The guy has been playing in the majors for like a grand total of one season, and he already has a full blunder reel of times he’s given great home run bat flips on what turned out to be routine outs. And the great part is no matter how many times he does it, it’s never not funny.

Yasiel Puig bat tossOn Wednesday, Puig went bat flip on a routine fly ball to center with two on and two outs in the top of the eighth inning against the Nationals. After taking a few steps following the bat flip, Puig probably realized the ball was staying in the park, so he began to jog. Denard Span caught it like it was no big deal.

Even though we have plenty of laughs at Puig’s expense here, this repetitive issue with him is probably a reflection on the Cuban baseball culture. Players are showmen in Cuba, so celebrating and posing after big hits is part of the game. This is probably habitual for Puig. The only problem is that he’s so terrible at differentiating between his flyouts and his dingers.

And if it’s any consolation, he’s not the first person to do this sort of thing. There was this from Alfonso Soriano last year. There was this bat flip by a player in the Korean league on a foul ball. And then my personal favorite, this spectacular gem from the Korean league. At least he has plenty of company.

Here’s another look at the bat flip:

H/T Lana

Yasiel Puig hurt himself crashing into wall on Marlins’ walk-off hit (Video)

The Dodgers had a double-whammy in Sunday’s 5-4 loss to the Miami Marlins. They lost on a walk-off hit by Jeff Baker, and Yasiel Puig was hurt on the same play.

Yasiel Puig outfieldBaker was facing Jamey Wright with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, a runner on second and the game tied at 4. He took a curveball away and hit it off the right field wall for a walk-off double. Puig lost sight of where he was on the field as he was going max-effort to make the play, and he smacked into the wall pretty hard.

Puig passed concussion tests and is considered day-to-day. He’s lucky it wasn’t worse, because that looked really bad.

What was cool was seeing Marlins starter Jose Fernandez go over to check on Puig after the game:

Fernandez saw his ERA rise to 1.74 after allowing two earned runs in seven innings. What a stiff.

Between this and the thumb issue on his head-first dive into first, Puig is lucky he’s avoiding serious injuries.

Did Yasiel Puig give Hyun-Jin Ryu a sack whack? (GIF)

Yasiel Puig and Hyun-Jin Ryu have a really entertaining relationship. The two Los Angeles Dodgers were caught having a tickle fight during a game last month, and they were messing around again on Thursday. Only this time, things got a little more rough.

Puig was standing next to Ryu when Ryu decided to give him a quick smack to the face. It looked like it caught Puig off-guard, so he figured he’d respond by going below the belt. Was that a sack whack? It’s hard to tell because it was out of the frame, but that looked like a classic sack whack.

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All this and it’s only May? Things could get ugly between these two by the All-Star break.

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H/T Big League Stew