3) Yoenis Cespedes was the NY Mets Opening Day DH in 2020
Yoenis Cespedes inked a four-year deal with the Mets after his superstar-level performance in his first season and a half as a Met. Unfortunately, just about everything went wrong after he signed the deal. Cespedes was limited to just 119 games in 2017-18 and missed the entire 2019 season with injuries.
Cespedes was in the final year of his contract headed into 2020 and was finally deemed healthy enough to play at least as a designated hitter. Cespedes served as the DH and hit fifth in the Mets Opening Day lineup against the Braves at an empty Citi Field.
That game saw Jacob deGrom give the Mets five scoreless innings and Mike Soroka top that with six scoreless for Atlanta. The Mets finally knocked Soroka out of the game after the sixth and in the bottom of the seventh Cespedes faced relief pitcher Chris Martin.
The former all-star shocked the world when he launched a solo shot deep into the left field seats to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. They'd win by that very score.
Unfortunately, this was one of the few highlights for the Mets in that shortened season and the only real highlight for Cespedes. After he just didn't show up to a game in Atlanta Cespedes opted out of the season prematurely citing the pandemic. He had five hits in 31 at-bats and eight games. It was an unfortunate ending after all of the excitement he brought