When former Dodgers outfielder Raul Mondesi watches
But, Mondesi added, "He's bigger than me. He's like 6-4, huh?"
Now the mayor of San Cristobal in the Dominican Republic, the 43-year-old Mondesi was back at
As Puig is today, Mondesi was a five-tool talent. The
The cannon-armed Mondesi joked that he wanted Puig to catch his ceremonial first pitch, "So that I can show him how to throw the ball."
Asked to compare Puig's throwing arm to his, Mondesi laughed and said, "I haven't played in 10 years, so I don't remember what kind of arm I used to have."
Mondesi said of the 23-year-old Puig, "He's young. Strong like a bull. He's going to be a great player."
Mondesi, who expected to speak to Puig later in the day, said people had to be patient with Puig.
"He's still young," Mondesi said. "People make mistakes when they start playing that young.
"They have to let him develop without putting too much pressure on him. Little by little, he'll get to where he has to get and he'll help the team win a lot of games."
Mondesi laughed when asked whether Puig could one day be a mayor.
"I don't think so because he has to go back to Cuba," Mondesi said.