No, this is not a Carmen Sandiego reboot. Today you wanna Céspedes did not show up for practice. Nobody could find him, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.
BREAKING: Yoenis Céspedes did not show up to the ballpark today, nor give the Mets any explanation why.— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) August 2, 2020
In a statement, the Mets say their attempts to contact him "have been unsuccessful."
After sending security to the player’s hotel room, not a trace of him or his belongings were found. While the team was confident that his safety wasn’t at risk (any more than playing during a global pandemic, I guess) the situation was all around strange. Nearly three hours later, news broke that Cespedes had opted of this season in pretty much the most Cespedes way ever.
UPDATE: Yoenis Céspedes has decided not to play the remainder of the season for COVID-19 related reasons.— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) August 2, 2020
“This is a challenging time for everyone. And so we will support him in that decision. It was surprising, without question,” general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said in a statement about the ordeal.
What this means for our dear Yo, is that he’ll be foregoing the $4.07M he was set to make for the 60 game season. This being the final season of his four-year, $110M contract, it’s tough to see a world where he’s back in Queens next season. After missing over two years while battling ankle and wild boar related injuries, the 34-year old hit a glorious home run on Opening Day that many took as a sign of hope for better things to come. Despite the dinger, Yo’s stats for what few games he got in this season are rough: hitting .161 with two home runs and 15 strikeouts over 34 plate appearances is never a good look on a contract year.
Without Cespedes to serve as the universal DH that was implemented for this season, the baton will be passed to Dominic Smith and likely Robinson Canó.