You’ll have a tough time finding any New York Mets fan who trusts these three players to have a productive year in 2020.
Trust is a big part of any good relationship. It’s even true with athletes and the fans. New York Mets fans know this well. Plenty of players have been vanquished from the circle of trust over the years.
A big part of being a sports fan is trusting the players on your team. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy.
Heading into 2020, it feels like there are more players than usual on this roster we cannot possibly believe in. Whether due to injury or poor performance, it’s impossible to expect anything at all from them.
The big guy. The game-changing, home run hitting, power-stroking outfielder we’ve all missed. Yoenis Cespedes has a long way to go to earn back our trust.
Cespedes missed half of 2017, most of 2018, and all of 2019 due to injuries. The fact that his latest mishap involved a wild boar while recovering from heel surgery makes him all the more untrustworthy.
When he’s healthy, Cespedes makes the Mets a different team. We saw it at the end of 2015 and throughout the 2016 season as well. Even in the years after, when he managed to get on the field, he was a threat to punish opposing pitchers on a regular basis.
The trouble is that Cespedes has been anything but regularly available over the last three seasons. His body has failed him and his interest in baseball is almost questionable at times. He got his big contract although losing a large portion of it from the last two seasons could motivate the man to dig a little deeper into his soul for a more productive year than anyone expects.