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Yasiel Puig Spends Final Day of Suspension Becoming U.S. Citizen

Sports Illustrated logo Sports Illustrated 8/14/2019 Jenna West

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Indians outfielder Yasiel Puig used his free time during his three-game suspension this week to become a U.S. citizen.

Puig made the announcement on Instagram on Wednesday by posting a picture of him holding an American flag. 

"Thank you God for this great opportunity to be an American citizen," he wrote.

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A post shared by @yasielpuig (@yasielpuig) on Aug 14, 2019 at 8:35am PDT

Wednesday marks the final day of Puig's suspension for his role in the benches-clearing brawl between the Pirates and Reds on July 30. He was one of eight individuals suspended for the skirmish, which occurred shortly after Cincinnati traded him mid-game in a three-team deal that sent Indians starter Trevor Bauer to the Reds in exchange for Puig.

The Dodgers signed Puig, a Cuban defector, to a seven-year, $42 million deal in 2012. This season, he is hitting .263/.313/.484 with 23 home runs and 67 RBIs.

Related slideshow: The 2019 MLB season (Provided by imagn) 

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