Dodgers' Yasiel Puig wants to be LeBron James of baseball
Puig, 24, reported to spring training last week with pitchers and catchers ahead of his third season in the majors. He made his first All-Star Game last season and batted .296 with 16 home runs and 69 RBIs.
Puig said he would like to be to baseball what Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are to basketball.
"I want to be like them one day," he said in Spanish.
Puig was benched for Game 4 of the NLDS last season against the St. Louis Cardinals after striking out seven times across Games 3 and 4.
Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire said he was impressed by Puig's commitment to the new season and views him as an MVP candidate.
The Dodgers open the regular season on Monday, April 6, against the San Diego Padres.
- Paul Palladino