HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After a roller-coaster off an offseason, Cincinnati Reds outfielder Yasiel Puig is enjoying his time off in between Spring Training in the best way he knows how: Giving back to the game that has given him so much.
Puig, who was traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Reds after the 2018 season ended, helped inspire Hawaii’s next generation of baseball players earlier this afternoon at Mid-Pacific Institute at a local clinic run by Team Kado Baseball.
"I do this a lot of times because I have a foundation and I love to help kids to play baseball better and giving food to the kids and giving back to the community because the community has given me all I have,” he said. “And thank God that I have a lot right now, and that's the reason I love giving back to the community.”
Puig will be sticking around Oahu throughout the week for a second clinic on January 8th for players ages 13-18, but not before he gets to enjoy what the islands have to offer.
"I've never hiked in my life and today, was my first time hiking and my first time in Hawaii and I love it," he said.
For more information on Kado Baseball Clinics you can visit KadoBaseball.com.