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Yasiel Puig becomes second player since 1900 with four homers in first five MLB games

Jun 8, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT

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Dodgers rookie sensation Yasiel Puig was at it again last night, as he ripped a game-tying solo home run to left field in the sixth inning against the Braves. In doing so, he made a little bit of history.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Puig is just the second player since 1900 to hit four home runs in his first five MLB games. The other? Mike Jacobs, who accomplished the same feat with the Mets back in 2005. Weren’t expecting that one, were you? Dodgers fans will have to hope that Puig has a bit more staying power.

Below is the video of Puig’s blast from last night:

  1. cur68 - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    This Puig kid…he’s pretty good, eh?

  2. barnsey021 - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    The Man Bear Puig cannot be stopped!

    • RedHeadedBastard - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      He’s half man, half bear, half Puig.

  3. s0krat3s - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    “becomes first person to… since…” It is not a useful historical note when the only other person who accomplished the feat is Mike Jacobs. Jacobs is now out of the league after less than 2000 career at bats and only 100 total HRs in 7 seasons.
    Thus, lauding Puig for this feat is pretty meaningless.

    • yahmule - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:49 AM

      I think hitting 100 home runs in the Major Leagues is pretty impressive.

      • s0krat3s - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:45 AM

        790 players have hit 100 HRs. Being 790th in MLB history, an impressive accomplishment for an accountant, not a pro ball player.

      • raysfan1 - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        You have a very high threshold for “impressive.” 790 players in 140 years of Major League Baseball is not a lot of people. 100HRs and hanging around the bigs for 7 years is pretty damn good.

      • jwbiii - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        On the other hand, for a 38th round draft pick, he’s doing fine. He’s the only 38th rounder to make it to MLB from 1999. Rich Harden was drafted in that round but went to a JuCo instead. Among Mets 38th rounders, only Anthony Young, an occasionally useful pitcher, and Dave Schneck (sorry, I have no memory of him) made the big leagues, so Jacobs has done ok.

    • jwbiii - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      The Diamondbacks just signed Jacobs to a minor league deal last week for some reason. I say “for some reason” because they have Kila Ka’aihue in Reno, who is just kilin’ it (313/426/620). Jacobs was released by the Mariners in ST and had been a Oaxaca Guerrero.

    • dickclydesdale - Jun 9, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      790 ÷ 7,000,000,000 x 100 = 0.0000113% approximately.
      ( a lot less than 1%)

      Pretty elite considering 7 billion is the population.

  4. papalurchdxb - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Puig was the guy who hit his first HR AA last year in front of one man and his dog right, somewhere into the next county I think it went? Anyway, this is all great fun and Mr. Scully has it right – some things are better off being left to speak for themselves.

  5. Walk - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Gotta admit he is fun to watch right now. He does not even look like he is trying to do anything more than hit a single the other way and the ball is carrying out. The hr he hit in the sixth last night was the closest I have seen of him being off balance and he not only stayed back but hit the ball hard as well.

  6. yahmule - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    His raw strength is amazing. I also like his intensity on the field. So far, not a hint of hotdoggery.

  7. mazblast - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    My questions are–

    –How the Dodgers are going to handle it when Kemp and Crawford come back, assuming Puig keeps hitting anywhere near what he’s doing right now (Ethier benched? Traded for pennies on the dollar?); and

    –How he’s going to adjust when (as always happens) the coaches and pitchers get a lot of video of him and make adjustments.

    • stoutfiles - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:37 AM

      If LA is smart they’re looking to trade Ethier right now.

      • paperlions - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:59 AM

        If LA was smart, they wouldn’t have over-reacted to Ethier’s hot start last year and signed him to that stupid contract to begin with. Ethier is going to be really hard to trade. He’s a 31 yr old that has never been particularly athletic, and generally has been a poor defensive player. He posted very solid offensive numbers during his prime…..but it is going to be hard to get a team to take on that contract because of the years, who wants to commit to such a player for his ages 32-35 seasons? Even if LA takes on 1/2 of the $68M left on the deal after this year…it’ll be hard to move him.

    • ramrene - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      I’ll tell you what will happen… when Kemp & Crawford come back Puig still plays. Kemp, Crawford and Ethier can rotate between them but Puig plays. That’s just the way it is, you don’t bench your best bat and especially when your job is “so called” on the line what with so many media members calling for Mattingley’s head.

      It took one game for Puig to catch Kemp for home runs on the year and it took 5 games for him to catch Ethier. He’s already got half as much as the team leader Adrian Gonzalez and he got there in only 5-games. He’s only 3 RBI’s short of catching up to Crawford, 5 RBI’s short of catching up to Ethier, and 7 RBI’s short of catching up to Kemp for the season. Give the kid a week and a half and he’ll have surpassed each of them in RBI’s too.

      When the pitchers start to make adjustments we’ll see what counter adjustments he makes. At worst, as long as the kid can hit around .232 and doesn’t get another HR or RBI he’ll be playing at the same level as Ethier but with a significantly greater upside so where’s the downside to playing him at Ethier’s expense.

      Your point about pennies on the dollar for Ethier is true. Ethier needs to do something, start putting up some numbers so we can get a return for him. As it stands now, the Dodgers will have to eat a large portion of his contract just to be able to move him. Ethier played himself out of a job just as much as Puig seized it.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jun 8, 2013 at 3:45 PM

        While you’re ripping on Ethier, it should be noted that he’s been a pretty good teammate to Puig right now.

  8. ramrene - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    That’s just Puiggy being Puiggy!

    • wonkypenguin - Jun 8, 2013 at 2:55 PM

      Let us not abandon “Gettin Puiggy With It” quite so quickly. :-)

  9. aceshigh11 - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    This dude is out of control.

  10. losanginsight - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Oops! Puig did it again.

  11. randygnyc - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Aces- out of control and a thrill to,watch. I had the dodger game on my iPad last night while watching the Yankees on conventional tv. Every time Puig came up, it diverted my attention. When he went deep last night, I was stunned, really. The legend grows. It’s the only reason for excitement this year in LA and it will bring fans to the games. I may even go see him play next week at Yankee stadium.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Jun 8, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      The Dodgers have been pulling over 40k just about every night.

      But thanks for the head’s up, Randy.

  12. tfbuckfutter - Jun 8, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    “Second player since 1900″ definitely sounds more impressive than “Second player since 2005″ or “First player since 2006″.

  13. mungman69 - Jun 8, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    I never hit 100 home runs.

  14. Detroit Michael - Jun 8, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    I was expecting Shane Spencer or Kevin Maas would have been the first.

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