In what could be his final year with the New York Mets, a memorable 2020 season from Yoenis Cespedes is icing on the cake after a bad main course.
I’m not sure anyone has quite had a career with one team like Yoenis Cespedes has with the New York Mets. When the club acquired him in 2015, the helped propel them to the postseason and into the World Series.
The big guy was a factor yet again in 2016 when the team revisited the postseason. Unfortunately, that was around the time when the good times ended with Cespedes in New York.
Cespedes missed half of 2017, about three-fourths of 2018, and all of 2019. In 2020, he has a shot at some sort of redemption. A 60-game schedule is planned and Cespedes appears ready to take advantage of the added DH to the National League.
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There’s no doubt Cespedes will be an early favorite to win Comeback Player of the Year in 2020. The only doubts many will have is whether or not he’s actually able to last a full season. He’ll likely be relegated exclusively to the DH role with possibly only an opportunity to play the field in an emergency situation—at least this is how I would handle things.
The Cespedes Comeback Tour looks like it will be ready to begin on Opening Day. He says he’s ready. By all accounts, he is.
One important note you may have seen referenced multiple times is how eerie this all lines up. When the Mets acquired him in 2015, there were 60 games left in the season.
Wouldn’t you know, that’s exactly how many this entire 2020 campaign will have.
I’m not sure too many people are optimistic enough to believe Cespedes can do an exact imitation of the 2015 season. In his 249 plate appearances over 57 games, we witnessed him slash .287/.337/.604 with 14 doubles, 17 home runs, and 44 RBI.
Until we see him actually do it on a regular basis, I have concerns about Cespedes legging out doubles. It will have to happen at some point. We will just have to hold our breath every time and hope we don’t see him come up lame as he slows down heading into second base.
Putting his Mets career in the perspective of a delicious meal, the 2015 season was a wonderful appetizer of what was to come. It included potato skins, mozzarella sticks, buffalo wings, and something that was once a healthy vegetable but has now become fried.
In more recent years, it has been a foul-smelling French onion soup we think we saw the waiter put his finger in. We’re also not quite sure what animal this piece of meat actually came from. It hasn’t been good.
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If all goes well in 2020, we might get more than a bland cake to finish off the meal. We might get a nice tasty icing to help complete this meal.