Former Major League Baseball star Yasiel Puig has been playing in the KBO in South Korea since appearing in his last MLB game with the Cleveland Indians in 2019, but it sounds like the 31-year-old is ready to make his return to the big leagues.
In an interview with TMZ Sports, Puig revealed that while he is enjoying his time in Korea and is thankful to the fans and teammates, it is “better to be in Los Angeles or MLB.”
“It’s happy here. Happy,” Puig told TMZ. “Better to be in Los Angeles or MLB, but this is what God has given to me or where I’m supposed to be right now.”
Puig currently plays for Kiwoom Heroes of the KBO after with the team as a free agent during the offseason. So far this season, the former Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds star is hitting .259 with 13 home runs in 85 games.However, Puig knows if he’s going to make it back to the MLB, it will take more than just good numbers. He acknowledges that there were plenty of character issues that hindered him during his last stint in the big leagues, and he’s working on them.
“That’s the reason God put me in this spot – to do the best I can, to show people that I’ve changed from five or six years ago,” Puig said.
If he can prove himself, Puig certainly hasn’t ruled out a return to the MLB. He’s made it clear that’s where he would like to play.
“I only need to play hard and do some numbers and have fun and win some games and see what’s the next step about playing here again or back to the United States,” Puig said. “You never know. I need to do my job.”