Vanishing Cespedes
Aug 05, 2020 | 9498 views | 0 0 comments | 1032 1032 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The bizarre, strange and eventful saga of Yoenis Cespedes in a Mets uniform came to an abrupt end on Sunday.

Considering the player, the personality and the organization, nothing should come as a surprise.

The Mets announced Sunday afternoon that Cespedes was MIA and did not report for the game against the Atlanta Braves.

At first, you fear the worst. After all, in this COVID-19 world, how can you not?

Once those fears subsided, the question immediately changed to why didn't Cespedes show for Sunday's game?

Did he have a late afternoon tee time that none of us were aware of? Not quite, but Yoenis Cespedes had decided that he had enough of the 2020 season.

On the surface, it's very tough to criticize a player for opting out of the season with the concerns over contracting coronavirus.

For guys like David Price and Lorenzo Cain, their concerns were completely understood.

But the difference between Price and Cain and what you witnessed with Yoenis Cespedes is the communication between team and player.

Those two non-Mets were open, honest and upfront about their plans for 2020. Depending on who you talk to, Yoenis Cespedes did not tell a soul.

Some players claim they knew, others didn't.

Here is what I know: Cespedes, who two weeks ago was the conquering hero on Opening Day, looked like a player who hadn't played much baseball the last two seasons.

His bat was slow, he was striking out a ton, and was nowhere close to resembling the player we saw in 2015 and 2016.

I get the sense Cespedes saw the writing on the wall.

His playing time was going to be diminished and those roster bonuses he craved so much were not going to be attainable, so basically his decided he was done.

Yoenis Cespedes will leave a very complicated Mets legacy. The first two years of his Met career were full of legend and folklore.

He carried the 2015 team to the NL East crown and helped the Mets win the pennant. He returned just in time in 2016 to propel the Mets back into the postseason for the second straight year.

You can't have a conversation about Cespedes without mentioning those two incredible runs, but you also can't have a conversation about Cespedes without mentioning...wild boars, diva behavior, playing when he wants, golf and cigarettes.

Did I miss anything there?

Cespedes’ 2015 and 2016 seasons are the stuff of legends. His Mets tenure from 2017 on was nothing short of a disaster.

I would expect most Mets fans would be appreciative of what Cespedes initially brought the franchise, but with a guy like Dominick Smith waiting for a chance to show he can play everyday, I'd be more than happy to see Cespedes say adios.

For the last three-plus years, Yo, we hardly knew ya’. Enjoy the links.

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