The former Dodgers outfielder spent the 2022 season playing for the Kiwoom Heroes of Korean Baseball Organization, batting .271 in 547 plate appearances with a .841 OPS. Puig led the Heroes to the finals of the Korean Series, where he lost in six games to SSG Landers.
According to John Heyman, new york postPuig hopes to capitalize on his success in South Korea for another opportunity in Major League Baseball.
Yasiel Puig hopes to reappear in MLB after his South Korean team, the Keewoom Heroes, departs.
Former Cubs star Addison Russell will replace Puig on the South Korean team.
Late last year, I spoke about Puig’s mental health progress. Ultimately he was diagnosed with ADHD, PTSD, and dyschronometria. All of this goes a long way to explaining most of the problems he encountered during his turbulent times in Los Angeles. Angeles.
Shortly after that article, it was announced that Puig would plead guilty to lying to federal agents about his alleged involvement in a gambling operation. Instead, he announced through his agent that renowned civil rights attorney Lawrence Middleton would be joining his legal team.
“I want to clear my name,” Puig said in a statement in late November. “I shouldn’t have agreed to plead guilty to a crime I didn’t commit.”
Before those charges were dropped, sources said Puig was in contact with at least two MLB teams about playing in the majors in 2023. After legally clearing his name.
It’s important to note that Puig was not charged with illegal gambling or anything like that, but with lying to federal agents. I have. I am working hard to clarify it and hope to be able to explain the situation to you all early next week. Puig’s legal team is not (so far) looking for legal loopholes to get Puig out of trouble. They are pursuing a “virtual innocence defense,” according to court filings. This means a defense based on the fact that he did not do what he was accused of.
At this point in the legal process, it’s no surprise that teams are wary of signing Puig, an attractive outfield option for many MLB teams.
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