UPDATE: 8/2/2020 at 3:30 PM Cespedes Opts-Out
Earlier reports that centerfielder Yoenis Cespedes had gone missing have now been resolved. Without any warning prior to today’s game, the Mets center fielder decided to opt out. Fortunately, he is safe, and there is been no report of him suffering from any coronavirus related issues.
BREAKING: According to the New York Mets who issued a statement just a few minutes ago, outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has gone missing. Cespedes was at the park yesterday, as scheduled. As of this time, details are very limited.
Team statement: “As of game time, Yoenis Céspedes has not reported to the ballpark today. He did not reach out to management with any explanation for his absence. Our attempts to contact him have been unsuccessful. The team continues to make attempts to contact him through every channel available.
This seems very strange, as Cespedes is an everyday player, that would not be likely to walk out for not getting playing time. There’s been no reports to indicate that he is chosen to opt out for the remainder of the season, and the Mets would have certainly known if that were his choice period.
Whether you are a Mets fan or not, it is disconcerting to know that a player is missing, we can only hope that everything is OK with him. Stay tuned and we will keep you up to date with any further developments.
UPDATE: August 2, 2020, 2:00 PM Central
While the exact details are still unknown, MLB insider Jon Heyman is now reporting that Cespedes’ absence is not COVID-19 related and that his safety is not at risk. Great news.
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