Mets outfielder Yoenis Céspedes has opted out of the 2020 season, but not without a Mets-esque fiasco unfolding in the hours leading up to the announcement.
Céspedes decided not to report to Truist Park in Atlanta for the Mets’ game against the Braves on Sunday but never informed the team of that decision. New York sent a press release to reporters saying Céspedes was not at the stadium and the team had to that point been unable to contact him.
While the Mets played the Braves in a game that ended 4-0 in favor of Atlanta, a security team was reportedly sent to Céspedes’ hotel room. They found the room empty and both Céspedes and his belongings gone. When the team finally tracked down his agent, he told them he had decided not to play the rest of season for “COVID-related reasons.”
The two-time All-Star’s decision comes on the heels of coronavirus outbreaks in two clubhouses (Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals) within the first 10 days of the season. Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain, who was supposed to play the Cardinals this weekend, announced through the team his decision to opt out on Saturday.
Evidently, Céspedes didn’t take the same approach that Cain did. Céspedes has played eight games this season after missing nearly two years with various injuries. The Mets were playing him exclusively at designated hitter in an effort to keep him healthy and work him up to eventually returning back to his natural position in the outfield.
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