Yoenis Cespedes New York Mets

Age: 35 (October 18, 1985) | 5' 10" | 220lbs. | Bats: Right OF-35 LF-35 DH-1 PH-2
NYM NL 2016 132 479 72 134 51 108 25 1 31 86 3 1 .280 .354 .530 9 20 .298 37/21/41 25 23
NYM A+ 2017 2 6 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 .143 0.00 14 0 0.00 n/a
NYM NL 2017 81 291 46 85 26 61 17 2 17 42 0 1 .292 .352 .540 8 19 .316 34/16/50 13 13
NYM R 2018 2 8 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 .250 .250 .625 0 13 .167 n/a
NYM AA 2018 2 4 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 1.00 0 0 .500 n/a
NYM NL 2018 38 141 20 37 13 50 6 0 9 29 3 0 .262 .325 .496 8 32 .333 30/17/53 8 7
NYM NL 2019 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0.00 n/a 0 0
NYM NL 2020 8 31 3 5 2 15 1 0 2 4 0 0 .161 .235 .387 6 44 .214 38/19/44 -0 0
Career 9yrs 834 3191 475 870 240 742 173 24 165 528 43 20 .273 .327 .497 7 21 .305 n/a
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Interesting factoid from an article by Adam Rubin in Baseball America, lauding Sandy Alderson as the Major League Executive of the Year: "The Mets became the first team in major league history to reach the World Series after ranking last in the majors in runs scored on July 31."

Alex Patton Alex
Dec 9 '15

Hats off to the erstwhile ink-stained wretches. Thirteen pages of coverage in the Post today, nine in the Daily News, of a game that ended after one in the  morning.

Granted, it helps not to have to fuss with the typewriter ribbon, or talk on the phone, but they turn out an awful lot of copy, much of it good copy, in nano-seconds.

For instance, taking up almost the entire two-page spread of pages 56-57 of the Post, a picture of Cespedes popping out in the fourth inning, with an inset picture of Cespedes butchering the fly ball on the first pitch of the game, over an article by Joel Sherman headed BRILLIANT AND BUMBLING DIVA: WHY YOENIS IS RISKY LONG-TERM PROPOSTION.

"Before the 111th World Series was one inning old, Cespedes had missed the pregame call to the baseline because, one Mets official said, he was in the bathroom and then missed the a first-inning fly ball by..."

This is the copy and the layout that made it into print. What if the Mets had won it, as they should have, in nine innings?

What if they won it in extra innings when Cespedes, "a quick-pitch genius" trying to get a big contract, hit a home run?

New copy needed, which was probably ready for the presses.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 28 '15

The history of baseball is littered with dreadful newspaper stories that try to claim that (a) Team A is bad; (b) their best player is Fred, who's having a GREAT year; therefore (c) Fred is the problem.  It's never made sense, but you still see it.

Mike Dean TMU2009
Sep 14 '15

Syd Thrift....I respect your opinion as I do anyone else's. I consider it a privilege to be part of this group. I won't disrespect anyone in the group. I truly believe some of the best baseball minds anywhere are right here.

van wilhoite LVW
Sep 13 '15


As a long-time, long-suffering Mets fan, I humbly ask you not to hold Syd's comments against all of us.

The Mets are a great story this year and we'll need all the support we can get as our plucky little band of underdogs enter the postseason. 

And as a Mets fan, anyone who thinks Yoenis should be considered for NL MVP over Harper should maybe stop posting here and start posting on a women's softball fantasy site.

And then there's this gem:

"maybe Harper is a selfish A-Hole who only cares about his own success
which is why the rest of the team got worse while he got better"

My logical response to that:
"Maybe since Cespedes came to the NL, the wind has been blowing out every time he came up to bat, and the wind has been blowing in everytime Harper came up to bat"

The only difference between my reasoning and Syd's is that there's a slim chance that you might be able to find some evidence that my comment is actually true.

Keith Prosseda andypro
Sep 13 '15

Thanks for the fake arguments, Syd---maybe Harper's just a great player.  And thanks for reminding me why to root against the Mets.  And they say Yankees fans are difficult....

Eugene, thanks for the Murray link (in another thread)

Mike Landau ML-
Sep 12 '15

Two months of play will never be enough in my mind to warrant the award.  But nonetheless, I looking forward to being one of the fans at the stadium chanting M V P, M V P, M V P.

Doron Scharf jerome
Sep 12 '15

These good-guy, selfish guy narratives are tired BS created by writers who don't get the quotes they are looking for or are jealous of certain players for some reasons.  Eddie Murray was considered selfless and a great teammate by his peers.  He was selfish asshole according to the media.  I take all of the stories of selfishness with a full shaker of salt.  

The list of "selfish" players include guys who helped their teams win thousands of games.  Dick Allen, Eddie Murray, Wade Boggs, Barry Bonds, Rickey Henderson… the list goes on.  I consider them narratives needed to frame a story, not about whether the players actually were good teammates, helped their team's win, or succeeded on the field.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Sep 11 '15

"And what about the disparity between Harper's production and the Nats' success?"

Fangraphs lists the situational stat - WPA - or "Win Probability Added".  That takes into consideration every at bat during the season, and the team's probability of winning before and after the at bat (eg - a single with a man on 1st that advances him to 3rd adds more to your win probability than a single with the bases empty ... a walk-off HR in the bottom of the 9th adds more to your win probability than a HR in the first, or a HR near the end of a 9-1 game).

On the season - Cespedes has 2.35 WPA on the season - Tigers and Mets combined.  Harper has 5.65.

The MLB leader is actually Rizzo, at 6.77.  Harper is 4th (behind also Votto and Donaldson).  Cespedes is 32nd.

Maybe Harper simply had more opportunities for clutch hitting that jacked up his WPA potential?  Well, they also calculate Leverage Index - a tally of the potential WPA in each situation a batter has gotten into.  Simply put - if you divide WPA by LI, get the value a player provided regardless of the leverage. 

On that count, Harper has a big lead - with 8.1 WPA/LI on the season ... with Votto 2nd at 6.9.  Cespedes does better here, moving up to 19th (3.16).

But in short - smoke be damned, Harper has been integral to whatever success the Nationals have had this year ... while before Cespedes arrived the Mets were still a division lead contending team, only a couple games back.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Sep 11 '15

The #2 ballot consideration is games played.  But, even excluding that.

Cepsedes 304/353/658 OPS+ 178 for the Mets

Harper 336/467/657 201

Goldschmidt 317/431/548 164

McCutchen 299/400/513 150

Rizzo 285/392/535 151

Votto 317/460/561 178

Notwithstanding that OBP is worth about 50% more than SLG and that this doesn't include base running or defense, even if Cespedes put up these numbers over the full season, he would just be "in the discussion" with these other hitters, but well behind Harper.  But, when you add in games played, he's so far behind he's not even in the rearview mirror.  Not counting Grienke and Kershaw and Arrieta and any other NL Player I don't know b/c I don't follow the NL.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Sep 11 '15