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Former Mets Matt Harvey, Yoenis Cespedes are still big in New York

BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 15: Matt Harvey #32 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches in the fourth inning during game one of a doubleheader against the Seattle Mariners at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 15, 2021 in Baltimore Maryland. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 15: Matt Harvey #32 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches in the fourth inning during game one of a doubleheader against the Seattle Mariners at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 15, 2021 in Baltimore Maryland. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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New York Mets fans are a loyal bunch even when a player trades in his jersey for another team’s colors. You’ll find plenty of instances where fans honestly do wish an ex-Mets player the best in his new city; until of course they visit Flushing and then all bets are off.

Routinely, you’ll find us checking in on some former Metropolitans here at Rising Apple. Though primarily a Mets blog, we also like to check in on some other teams if there’s a connection back to the Big Apple.

In 2021, there are two former Mets players the fans in Flushing cannot seem to get enough news about. Amazingly, one of them has no news at all.

Former Mets ace Matt Harvey continues to draw attention from Queens

Matt Harvey put it all on the line during his tenure with the Mets. One could literally argue he sacrificed his body for this team. Unfortunately, in his post-Mets days, he hasn’t been able to recapture the early magic when he first debuted with the orange and blue.

Now a member of the Baltimore Orioles, Harvey is pitching okay but more importantly, he’s making headlines in New York even though he’s miles away in Maryland. Loyal Mets fans are surely happy to see him succeed, in particular when it’s against the New York Yankees.

Harvey’s relationship with the New York media and the previous front office regime might have some sourness left. With the fans, there’s mostly love. With all bad players, there are a few bad apple fans out there hoping he fails.

Whether you love him or hate him, Harvey continues to grab our attention.

Yoenis Cespedes remains one of the most newsworthy players in recent Mets history

What’s going on with Yoenis Cespedes? The answer is: not very much. His spring showcase to eager scouts and general managers to find a nice bat to add to their team didn’t work out so well. He remains unsigned yet Mets fans and others in the baseball world continue to search for updates regularly.

I know this because one of our more popular articles in April was a feature on Cespedes written back in March. Even now, fans are landing on the page hoping for an update.

If you’re one of them, there is no update! Cespedes is probably sitting at home on his ranch, capturing wild boars, and occasionally reminiscing about his playing days.

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Things didn’t end so well with Cespedes during his time in New York. The excitement in 2020 for him to return and actually do something quickly faded when he decided to opt-out of the season after only a few games. Since then, his star has faded.

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