New York Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes has opted out of the 2020 season and may have played his last game in Major League Baseball.
The 2020 season is only ten games old and already the New York Mets have had enough craziness for a full year. Well, not exactly. If it was any other organization, it’s enough for the full year. For the Mets, it’s maybe par for a month at the most.
The latest oddity to hit this franchise came before Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Braves. Yoenis Cespedes was a no-show and the team was unable to get in touch with him. In today’s day and age, it’s almost impossible. You can accidentally get in contact with someone via pocket dial or fat thumb while stalking them on social media.
As it turns out, the big guy decided to end his comeback tour early. A little over a week into the season, Cespedes decided to opt-out.
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I cannot blame Cespedes for wanting to opt-out of playing baseball. Because of the circumstances of 2020, I think it’s important we are sensitive to everyone’s comfort in trying to live life normally.
Unfortunately, Cespedes didn’t appear to handle this situation the best. If he did truly ghost the Mets ahead of their Sunday game, it doesn’t bode well for any future plans he has at playing in the big leagues.
Prior to ending his time with the Mets, Cespedes was hitting .161/.235/.387 with a pair of home runs in 34 plate appearances.
His Opening Day home run did help win them their first game of the season. In the games since, the Amazins have been in somewhat of a freefall.
Many of us were excited to see Cespedes return to the field in 2020. Almost exactly five years after making his Mets debut on August 1, 2015, Cespedes decided to end his relationship with the organization on August 2, 2020.
It’s poetic, in a way. Earlier this week, many people looked back at the trade that first brought Cespedes to New York.
Only days later it looks like his playing days in Major League Baseball could be completely over.
One thing to keep in mind is that we haven’t heard his side of the story. As much as I would love to take what the Mets have to say at face value, they haven’t always been the most honest organization.
Cespedes, however, has given us reasons to mistrust him, too. I’m not here to point any fingers. What’s done is done. Our number 52 jerseys can now be retired. Cespedes and the Mets have broken up.
There is an important question we won’t know about until at least a few months. Will Cespedes ever play another MLB game again?
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Ready to blow out 35 candles on his birthday cake in October, it might be time for Cespedes to ride off into the sunset on a wild boar and retire.