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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2013 > January-April > Dodgers Standout Rookie, Yasiel Puig, Surprises Northeast Los Angeles Little Leaguers

Dodgers Standout Rookie, Yasiel Puig, Surprises Northeast Los Angeles Little Leaguers

Dodgers Standout Rookie, Yasiel Puig, Surprises Northeast Los Angeles Little Leaguers

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It's not every day that a MLB star decides to head over to the local Little League® fields and throw some batting practice, but that's exactly what Yasiel Puig did on October 23.

Mr. Puig headed to Elysian Park, about a half an hour from Dodger Stadium where Little Leaguers® from Northeast Los Angeles Little League were practicing. Shocking the players, Mr. Puig posed for pictures, and then declared that he was ready to throw some batting practice for the children.

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Dodgers Outfielder, Yasiel Puig (center) poses with Little Leaguers from Northeast Los Angeles Little League.

"We were just practicing with my team, and then my coach was like, "It's Puig," said 8-year-old Daniel Vegara, a coach's son, in a video posted to YouTube. "He told us he wanted to pitch against us. I hit a shot, but he still caught it. It was the best thing. It was awesome."

Mr. Puig helped ignite the Dodgers to a postseason run, which ended in the National League Championship Series, when the St. Louis Cardinals bested them 4-2 in the best-of-seven series. The Cuban-born outfielder hit .319 in his rookie season, knocking in 42 RBI and hitting 19 home runs. He is considered by many to be one of the candidates for the National League Rookie of the Year honors.