Yasiel Puig (33), who was once an energy icon representing the major leagues and became a ‘fallen bronco’ due to frequent gossip and failure to manage his body, could not play in the major leagues after the 2019 season. Afterwards, he toured the outside world, including the Mexican League, and pointed to the KBO League as his breakthrough last year.
It wasn’t a situation to return to the major leagues right away. Still, many clubs were giving him low marks for his fitness and personal life. If so, playing in the KBO League was more stable than playing in the Mexican League or the Dominican Winter League. He could play a lot and make more money than Mexico or Dominica. He also considered that if he did well in the KBO, he could get into the eyes of major league scouts.
Little by little the dream seemed to be becoming a reality. He was sluggish at the beginning of the season, but has been very active since the middle of the season. In the second half, he was one of the best hitters in the league and also played well in the postseason. In 126 games, he had a batting average of 0.277, 21 home runs, 73 RBIs, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.841. 먹튀검증
But here, too, personal problems eventually got in the way. He was accused of perjury in relation to illegal sports betting, and could have been sentenced to prison. He is trying to negotiate with the defense team to turn the trial in the best possible way, but he is still tied up in the courtroom. No team can easily take a player in this situation no matter how good his skills are. Moreover, he is a star who has faded in his mid-30s, which is not a small age. He has no choice but to become more cold rice.
Puig appeared at the winter meeting held last December and actively sold himself, but that was the end. Now, with the start of spring training for major league clubs just 10 days away, he hasn’t even signed a minor league contract. There is a prospect that legal issues will continue to hold back even though the gaze is already not good. When this happens, it is not easy for him to play in other professional leagues.
As the start of spring training approaches, most clubs hastily finalize contracts, and most of the list of players to be invited to spring training has been drawn up. Under these conditions, it seems unlikely that Puig will make a dramatic breakthrough. If it goes wrong, the 2022 KBO League will be the farewell match of Puig’s proper professional career. Can a dramatic drama be written?