New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes did not show up to the ballpark on Sunday for the game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta, creating concern over his whereabouts for a few hours. The Mets later announced after the game that Cespedes had opted out of the 2020 season, hence his absence.
Cespedes opts out of 2020 season
Cespedes will not play the rest of the 2020 season, his eighth in MLB. Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen made the announcement after the Mets 4-0 loss. It was their fifth in a row.
He joins Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain in opting out as concerns heightened following multiple COVID-19 outbreaks around the league.
The news came three hours after the Mets released a statement saying Cespedes did not arrive for work and they couldn’t reach him.
Mets: Cespedes didn’t report, unreachable
The team issued a statement around 1:30 p.m. saying they did not know where Cespedes was and that “attempts to contact him have been unsuccessful.”
The Mets’ statement from general manager Brodie Van Wagenen:
“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 Mets started their game about 30 minutes earlier and they released the news of Cespedes around the first inning to reporters. He had not been in the lineup. About an hour afterward, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that the team did not believe the outfielder’s safety was at risk. There was still no word as to if they know where Cespedes is or if they had heard from him.
Cespedes is 1-for-12 with five strikeouts in the past three games. In his first game back with the Mets since July 2018, he hit a historic home run on July 24.