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Cleveland Indians' Yasiel Puig spends off day visiting with children battling cancer

On Monday, Cleveland Indians right fielder Yasiel Puig spent his day off visiting with cancer patients at Camp Simcha in New York.
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Cleveland Indians' Yasiel Puig warms up before the team's baseball game against the Houston Astros in Cleveland, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

The last time Yasiel Puig had an off day, he used it to become a United States citizen.

And with the Cleveland Indians having a day off in between series' with the Yankees and Mets on Monday, the Tribe right fielder once again put his free time to good use.

Taking to Twitter late Monday night, a user named @OriginalYoni shared a string of pictures and videos from Puig's visit to Camp Simcha. According to its website, Camp Simcha is an overnight camp located in Glen Spey, New York, which is open to children and teens with cancer and other blood disorders.

In the string of videos and pictures, Puig can be seen arriving in a helicopter while wearing mascot tiger head, before revealing his identity and enthusiastically dancing and interacting with the campers in attendance.

One of baseball's most famous players, Puig has become as known for his charity work as he has his cannon-like right arm and on-field celebrations.

In 2017, he established the Wild Horse Foundation, a non-profit organization designated to provide aid to impoverished children, families and schools. Earlier this year, while still a member of the Cincinnati Reds, the 2014 All-Star selection held his third annual "Celebrity Casino Royale," a celebrity-filled event in which proceeds from the event went "directly towards serving underprivileged youth and families in the Greater Cincinnati Area."

Upon being traded from the Reds to the Indians in a three-way trade involving the San Diego Padres last month, Puig insisted his charity work would continue in Cleveland. And as evidenced by how he spent his day off on Monday, the 28-year-old is making good on his word.

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