Yoenis Cespedes re-signed with the Mets on a 4 year $110 million deal. The star outfielder is adored by all Mets fans.
The love for Cespedes is extremely well-justified when you consider how important he has been to the Mets. In his 189 games in New York, Cespedes slashed a .282/.348/.554 line. He also slugged 48 home runs and 130 RBIs in that span.
In addition to his impressive batting line, Cespedes’ play often translates to wins. When Yoenis Cespedes is in the starting lineup, the Mets are 108-75, nearly a 60% winning percentage.
Although Cespedes has terrific numbers and creates wins, he also has something unteachable. Cespedes has the “it” factor. Having “it” means having a flare for the dramatic and thriving in the spotlight.
Playing in New York is not easy task. New York has a way of chewing up baseball players who cannot flourish under high pressure. Jason Bay and Jay Bruce are two recent examples of players who could never seem to get their footing in New York.
Cespedes plays with flare and seems to thrive in the spotlight. In just a season and a half with the Mets, Cespedes has no shortage of clutch moments.
Yoenis showed Mets fans his stellar arm with a clutch throw in the top of the ninth inning on Sean Rodriguez.
And no one can forget Cespedes’ no-doubt home run and bat flip in game 3 of the 2015 NLDS.
Cespedes also hit a pivotal walk-0ff home-run during the Mets’ 2016 playoff push. The home-run gave the Mets a win in a crucial game when the late Marlins ace Jose Fernandez started.
Cespedes has no shortage of clutch moments. He also hit clutch home-runs against the Nationals (tempting Drew Storen to break his thumb), had a 3 home-run game, crushed a Wainwright curve, and has hit multiple grand slams.
Yoenis Cespedes always seems to be in the right place at the right time. He has proven to be one of the most clutch major league hitters and deserves the love Mets fans shower him with.