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Yasiel Puig showed off his cannon again

Jun 15, 2014, 10:05 PM EDT

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Yasiel Puig and his companion in throwing out base runners, Yoenis Cespedes have made baseball a lot of fun to watch lately. Puig showed off his well-respected cannon of an arm once again during Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Diamondbacks.

With the bases empty and two outs in the top of the fifth inning, Diamondbacks outfielder Cody Ross dunked a weak line drive down the right field line, just inside the line in front of Yasiel Puig. The ball caromed towards the stands — and the ballboy — and Puig had to navigate an awkward bounce around the cluster of people in his vicinity. Puig barehanded the ball, then fired a cannon to shortstop Hanley Ramirez covering second base to nab Ross for the final out of the inning. Check it out.

We really need a throwing competition added to the All-Star Game festivities.

  1. hammyofdoom - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Baseball is a sport that requires someone to throw a ball literally every play. Pitcher, catcher, fielder, we drool over arms be it at short, third, mound or behind the plate, yet like you said there is NOTHING in the All-Star game to show it off? Someone needs to think of something, stat!

    • fm31970 - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:52 AM

      I liken the perfect put out throw in baseball o the perfect pass in basketball– it’s beautiful when it happens, but it depends upon so many different things– situation, timing, hesitation of the fielder, the base runner(s), etc..– that it can’t be accurately nor easily replicated in a non-game environment.

  2. doctornature - Jun 16, 2014 at 5:00 AM

    Can the Puig Reality Show be far behind?

    “All Puig, All The Time”

  3. jm91rs - Jun 16, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    What in the hell do they do to train those arms down in Cuba? Fernandez & Chapman, Puig and Cespedes. I wish the rules would allow these guys to all play together in the WBC, they’d sure be fun to watch.

    • davidpom50 - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      I’d love to see a bunch of the top Cuban players who have defected all establish permanent residency in some country that otherwise wouldn’t come close to having a WBC team (like, Luxembourg or something). It’d be extra interesting when they played the official Cuban team.

  4. moogro - Jun 16, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    You could easily set up a throwing competition without having to use runners. Bucket of balls in right, center and left. Have fielders throw to all bases, time the throws, judge the accuracy. Would be lots of fun. And no Berman.

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