New York Mets are letting Yoenis Cespedes push them around
By Tim Boyle
On paper, Jeff Wilpon and Fred Wilpon own the New York Mets. In reality, it’s Yoenis Cespedes who calls the shots.
During their recent trip to Florida to play the Miami Marlins, members of the New York Mets were supposed to meet up with Yoenis Cespedes. The big (both in size and contract) outfielder has been in the sunshine state rehabbing from a leg injury. I would specify where on the leg, but that has changed throughout his disabled list stint.
No one ended up meeting with Cespedes because they didn’t want it to disrupt his rehab. So, instead of checking in with their superstar whose annual contract is one of the highest in MLB history, the Mets gave us a cheap excuse.
We can look into this deeply. We can make lots of assumptions too. To me, it seems as if Cespedes is pushing this front office around.
The beauty of baseball is that contracts are guaranteed. Once a deal is signed, players get the money regardless of their performance.
Wouldn’t that be great? The job security that comes with a Major League Baseball contract is something we would all wish to have. You might think there would come a little more humility and effort.
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Instead, we’ve seen the best hitter on the Mets miss well over a month of the season with an unclear ailment. Cespedes has now missed more than half of the team’s games since signing his mega-contract prior to the 2017 campaign. Either he’s fragile or this guy has pulled the wool over the Mets front office like only Bernie Madoff could.
Cespedes is a flashy guy and I think that’s a big reason why Mets fans are beginning to turn on him. He wears diamonds around his neck like he’s one of the Hepburns. His collection of unorthodox cars adds fuel (probably of the premium variety) to the growing disdain.
Unlike many of his teammates, Cespedes behaves like a multi-millionaire. He’s not shy about showing off what he can and cannot buy.
The larger than life personality may work on the baseball diamond. When it’s not even capable of making an appearance with members of the front office, you have to question his integrity and drive.
Now, there’s no fact to back up the idea that Cespedes is dodging the Mets. It’s speculation based on the circumstances. He has avoided the media as much as possible during this rehabilitation stint. During a time in which his presence on the Mets bench may have helped provide a little motivation, the big guy was nowhere to be found.
This isn’t the behavior of a superstar athlete. The way he is acting is more diva-like.
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Cespedes is an NFL wide receiver. The difference is, the Mets cannot cut him without having to pay him. This organization is stuck in the bed they’ve made with him.