LOS ANGELES -- For the second time in his six months in the big leagues, Dodgers superstar outfielder Yasiel Puig was named National League Player of the Month. Puig on Tuesday was named by Major League Baseball NL winner for May.
Puig hit .398/.492/.731 with eight home runs and 25 RBI in 28 games, and reached base by hit, walk or hit by pitch in every game he played during the month. Puig led the majors in batting average and on-base percentage in May, and led the NL in slugging percentage, RBI and was tied with Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins with eight home runs.
Puig also won Player of the Month honors in June 2013, his first month in the majors. He is the first Dodger with multiple Player of the Month honors since Mike Piazza, who captured four awards from May 1994 through August 1997.
Puig was named co-National League Player of the Week once during the month, for the week of May 12-18.
Edwin Encarnacion of the Blue Jays won American League Player of the Month for May, while Pitcher of the Month honors were bestowed upon Masahiro Tanaka of the Yankees and Madison Bumgarner of the Giants.
Puig homered off Bumgarner on May 9 at Dodger Stadium, and his slow home run trot prompted Bumgarner to yell at him as Puig was between third and home:
"You're going to be the bleeping hitter of the month!" "Yeah, well you'll be the bleeping pitcher of the month!" pic.twitter.com/6118h9vSgZ— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) June 3, 2014