Jul 24, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) follows through on a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning of an opening day game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets blew a game in typical fashion for the franchise Friday night, giving up five runs in the 8th inning and losing 11-10 to the Braves. Today’s Mets story, though, has the potential to be a lot more serious.

The team announced Sunday that they don’t know where Yoenis Cespedes is, nor have they been able to contact him at all.

Listen, there are plenty of jokes to be made if/when Cespedes is found safely, but until then, if the situation is truly unknown, that’s terrifying. The idea that the Mets would announce this WITHOUT actually having made these checks is also impossibly irresponsible. It’s like they don’t remember Darryl Kile, or even Tyler Skaggs just last year.

There was this update:

Though again, if they truly haven’t been able to locate or reach him, it would seem like they equally have no reason to believe his safety ISN’T at risk.

Hopefully this ends as well as it can, with all of us just ripping the Mets for possibly doing something that could have been tone deaf if things had ended in a worse way.

That best-case scenario: Cespedes decided to opt-out from playing (which would be understandable given how poorly MLB has handled the return to playing amidst the Covid-19 pandemic), and did a poor job communicating that to the team. (Or the team did a poor job of receiving that communication.)

Update: Yoenis Cespedes has indeed chosen to opt out. The Mets didn’t find out about it until mid-game on Sunday, and don’t exactly sound thrilled.


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