I get a lot of questions on this blog.
Why are you still writing this crap?
Do bears eat beets?
Who is Doug Slaten?
…and of course – how do I baseball?
I do my best to answer these questions, mostly through nefarious statistical means, thanks to the likes of Baseball Reference, Fangraphs, and Baseball Prospectus. Yet, every so often, I get a question that goes beyond the abilities of those fantastic websites, and I am required to fall back on my education in science and medicine to get to the root of the matter, and provide my dear readers the answer they desire when they
google their question and inadvertently happen upon this blog ask me the tough questions.
The biggest question I’ve been getting thus far? One that haunts many a player from the Caribbean – how old REALLY is <name here>?
While you can find many instances of players from the Dominican and parts elsewhere to the south of the United States fibbing and whittling off a couple of years off of their actual age in an effort to be more attractive a prospect, in the hopes of getting a bigger signing bonus, one country does occasionally provide us their top-notch talent, along with some additional mystery shrouding the actualities of their biological age due to their political perspectives and the concomitant shrouding of their borders – Cuba.
The latest Cuban to wow the MLB? Yasiel Puig. The latest player to show up in my search history, due to people asking what his actual age was?
I’m a man of connections and curiosity; I shall use those powers of evil for good, and, with a little help from some medical expert friends of mine, answer this question.
HOW OLD IS YASIEL PUIG? NO REALLY, HOW OLD?
Ready? Let’s get some basics out of the way first…
Puig is a beast, but could stand to know how to ease those aches and pains, post outfield wall collisions. Let’s get him informed, yes?
PUIG IS PED FREE I DON’T EVEN…
OK, looks good. My fellow medical expert buddies, what do we have as a result for Mr. Puig?
Is he REALLY 22?
Well, there you have it. Expert opinion, expert analysis. Yasiel Puig is actually 19 years old. It’s a scientific and medical fact.
He’s been lying to us all along.