‘Absence without leave’ Cuban troublemaker, sudden action at WBC “I can’t go to the quarterfinals, I will return to the United States”
Former major leaguer Yoenis Cespedes, who was ‘voluntarily kicked out’ for absenteeism after being eyed for frequent injuries, became a hot topic at the WBC (World Baseball Classic) for his unexpected behavior.
Cespedes told the Cuban national team that he would return to the United States instead of going to Japan, where the quarterfinals would be held. However, he said he could participate in the semifinals in Miami.
MLB.com reported on the 14th (Korean time) that Cespedes chose to return to the United States for ‘personal reasons’. Cespedes only played in two matches in the first round Group A group stage match. He went 0-for-2 and walked 2 against the Netherlands and went 0-for-4 against Italy. Cuba lost all of Cespedes’ games, but defeated Italy and Panama to lead Group A in run rate and advance to the second round.
MLB.com said, “Cespedes, a former All-Star who suffered from frequent injuries, played in the major leagues until 2020. Last season was spent in the Dominican Winter League, and sometimes his old appearance came out, but he was hurt in the process of running base.” Explained. 메이저놀이터
Roel Santos, who played left fielder while Cespedes was out, is expected to start in the quarterfinals. Cuba will play Australia in the quarterfinals on the 15th. If we win here, we will advance to the quarterfinals on the 20th. The semi-finals and finals will be held in the United States.
Cespedes left the team without permission in August 2020, fearing infection with Corona 19. He did not play in away matches and avoided contact from the club. As a result of the club’s confirmation, all luggage was removed from the accommodation. And through the agency, he announced that he would give up the rest of the season because he was worried about Corona 19.
2020 was the final season of Cespedes’ four-year deal with the Mets. However, as MLB.com points out, Cespedes has been sidelined by frequent injuries. He only appeared in 81 games in 2017 and 38 in 2018. In 2019, he missed a season due to an accident at a ranch. He returned in 2020, but lost his face as he only had a batting average of 0.161 in 8 games.