In Order To Play In The MLB, Yasiel Puig Had To Escape Cuba First

baseball | 3/12/19

Professional baseball player Yasiel Puig has built himself quite the resume since making his debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013. Hailing from Cuba, the outfielder defied the odds to make his way to America to achieve his dream. As a youngster with enormous talent, Puig’s story is not the ideal rags-to-riches kind of glory tale- it has more twists and turns than that. He’s also just getting started.

He Grew Up In Cuba’s Interior

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Puig grew up in Cienfuegos, about 150 miles away from the capital of Havana, in the tiny town of Elpido Gomez. Most of the town’s residents work at the sugar cane factory, where his father Omar was employed as an engineer. To keep the employees’ children out of trouble, a decision was made to give the families a place for their kids to play.

The factory made a baseball diamond on its grounds for the kids. This was where the aspiring baseball player discovered his passion for the game, telling Los Angeles Magainze reporter Jason Katz “I was born to play baseball.”