New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Céspedes missed the entire 2019 season due to injuries, with the season-ending blow being a fractured ankle suffered in May. It was initially reported that the injury occurred during a “violent fall” on Céspedes’ ranch in Port St. Lucie, FL.
Well, it turns out that violent fall happened because Céspedes stepped in a hole “after an interaction with a wild boar,” according to The New York Post.
The Post has learned all involved parties agreed that Cespedes was injured on the ranch stepping into a hole after an interaction with a wild boar.
According to multiple people who were informed of the incident, Cespedes has traps on his ranch for a variety of reasons, including to keep boars away from people. But one boar was removed from a trap — perhaps by Cespedes — and either charged toward Cespedes or startled him, causing Cespedes to step into a hole. Cespedes suffered the fractured ankle at a time when he was recovering from surgery to both heels that already was jeopardizing his playing status in 2019. The ankle fracture guaranteed that he would not take an at-bat last season.
That story would be viewed as truly “unbelievable” for about 99.9% of people on the planet, but not Yoenis Céspedes. FanGraphs’ Dan Szymborski put it well:
The best thing about Cespedes injury is that IT IS NOT EVEN SURPRISING.
We could find out the Cespedes is in North Korea because he tried to chase an ice cream truck with a hot air balloon he just happened to have handy and it WOULD SEEM PERFECTLY NORMAL.
— Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) January 4, 2020
The Post adds that “officials from both the Commissoners Office and the Players Association” visited the ranch, confirming the way Céspedes suffered the ankle injury.
Officials from both the Commissioners Office and the Players Association visited the ranch at a later date and also confirmed that version of how Cespedes was injured.
The Commissioners Office and Players Association became involved once it became clear the Mets were withholding Cespedes’ 2019 pay and were considering an attempt to make the remainder of his pact a non-guaranteed contract.
Céspedes was originally set to make $29.5 million with the Mets in 2020, but the two sides agreed to restructure his contract, which now features incentives and a base salary of only $6 million.
According to the AP, Yoenis Cespedes's base salary for 2020 is $6M. He can make $20M with 650 PA's. If he doesn't start season on IL due to foot or ankle injury his base pay rises to $11M. $250K incentive for 200,250,275 PA's. $500K for 300,350,375,400 PA's. (cont)
— Joe DeMayo (@PSLToFlushing) December 21, 2019
Céspedes, 34, has topped out at 81 games over the last three seasons, after playing at least 129 games every year from 2012-16.