Yoenis Cespedes

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Full Name Yoenis Cespedes
Age 34 Years Old
Nick Name Yoenis
Gender Male
Famous As Baseball Player
Birth Date October 18th, 1985
Birth Place Campechuela, Granma Province

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About Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes is a professional baseball outfielder who is currently playing for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). He is nicknamed as "La Potencia". He has become one of the top outfielders and players in the sport. For the Oakland Athletics, he made MLB debut on 28th March 2012. Moreover, he has also played for Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers. Additionally, he played eight seasons until 2010 for the Alazanes de Granma in the Cuban National Series where he batted .319, .404 on-base percentage (OBP), .565 slugging percentage (SLG), 169 home runs and 557 runs batted in (RBI) over 528 games. He has also won the Home Run Derby twice in 2013 and 2015 and he is a two-time All-Star as well. He was also a member of the Cuban national team, winning gold medals in three tournaments. His turbulent tenure with the Mets all but ended Sunday when he left the team without warning-and hours later communicated that he was opting out of the rest of the 2020 season. Mets released a statement saying Cespedes did not show up to the ballpark and they were unable to contact him. It ended after a 4-0 loss to the Braves when general manager Brodie Van Wagenen revealed that Cespedes representatives told the Mets he was done for the year due to concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Cespedes also was facing the possibility of diminished playing time as he struggled at the plate, playing regularly for the first time in more than two years. His contract included lots of bonuses attached mostly to at-bat totals. 

On 18th October 1985, Yoenis Cespedes was born in Campechuela, Granma Province, Cuba. His birth name/real name is Yoenis Cespedes Milanes. He holds Cuban nationality and his ethnicity is Cuban-American ethnicity. His race is Black. As of 2019, he celebrated his 34th birthday. His zodiac sign is Libra. He was born to his parents; Estela Milanes (mother), a softball pitcher who appeared in the 2000 Summer Olympics for Cuba, and Cresencio Cespedes (father), a former Cuban League catcher. His parents separated when Yoenis was one year old. At age 10, he was sent by his mother to a state-run school where he could focus on baseball. He played eight seasons in the Cuban Winter League before defecting from Cuba in 2011. In the summer of 2011, he and six others took a 23-hour speedboat ride departing Cuba and heading for the Dominican Republic. Talking about his siblings, he also has a half-brother, Yoelkis. At present, he lives in Manhattan, New York, during the season, and has a ranch in Port St. Lucie, Florida during the off-season. 

Yoenis Cespedes, a professional baseball outfieler

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Yoenis Cespedes's Baseball Career

  • Yoenis firstly played eight seasons in the Cuban Winter League before defecting from Cuba in the year 2011.
  • Later, he shifted in Dominican where he met Dominican agent Edgar Mercedes who established residency for him in Santiago which allowed him to bypass the MLB Draft and become a free agent.
  • He then debuted in the Cuban National Series with Granma during the 2003-2004 Cuban National Series, hitting .302/.382/.503 (batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage). 
  • In the 2004-2005 season, he batted .313/.403/.540.
  • In the 2005-2006 season, he hit .351/.444/.649 with 23 home runs, 89 runs, and 78 runs batted in (RBI) in 88 games played. 
  • He also hit .481/.481/.741 for Cuba in the 2006 Haarlem Baseball Week.
  • He produced at a .303/.402/.541 rate in the 2006-2007 season with 17 home runs and 79 runs in 89 games.
  • He was 1 for 7 with a steal and a run in the 2007 Pan-American Games in his debut for the Cuban national team and he hit .284/.342/.552 in the 2007-2008 season. 
  • Moreover, he was the starting center fielder for Cuba in the 2009 World Baseball Classic where he hit .458/.480/1.000 with a double, 3 triples, 2 home runs, five runs, and five RBI in six games. 
  • He then batted .323/.411/.601 in the 2008-2009 season with 24 homers and 83 runs in 87 games.
  • He started the 2009 Baseball World Cup as Cuba's starting center fielder, but struggled and only hit .194/.275/.333.
  • He hit .345/.426/.617 in the 2009-2010 season with 87 runs and 22 homers in 87 contests. 
  • He went 11 for 22 with 12 runs, 14 RBI, two doubles and four homers in six games at the 2010 World University Baseball Championship.
  • In the 2010 Intercontinental Cup, he was 3 for 10 with a double, three runs, four RBI and a walk as a backup. 
  • In the 2010-2011 season, he put up a .333/.424/.667 batting line with 89 runs, 33 home runs and 99 RBI in 90 games.
  • He established residency in the U.S. in January 2012, bypassing the MLB draft and becoming an unrestricted free agent.
  • After that, he agreed to a 4-year, $36 million contracts with the Oakland Athletics on 13th February 2012 and began the 2012 season for the Athletics at his usual position of center field, but was later moved to left field upon the return of veteran center fielder Coco Crisp.
  • On 15th July 2013, he won the 2013 Home, Run Derby.
  • He suffered several injuries throughout the 2013 season, including wrist, hamstring, and knee injuries.
  • He had a great start to the 2014 season, hitting .273 with 14 homers and 55 RBIs through July 1, and was 3rd in the All-Star Voting for the AL.
  • He suffered a hamstring injury while running against the Tigers on an RBI hit by Brandon Moss on 1st July. 
  • He again won the Home Run Derby for a second time on 14th July 2014. 
  • He was traded to the Boston Red Sox on 31st July 2014 where he hit his first home run as a member of the Red Sox on August 10, 2014, against the Los Angeles Angels, with a 3-run home run. 
  • Overall, for the 2014 season, he had 22 home runs with 100 RBIs, while batting .260.
  • Later, the Red Sox traded him to the Detroit Tigers for Rick Porcello where he played his first game with the Tigers during opening day against the Minnesota Twins on 6th April 2015.
  • In 99 games for the Tigers, he had nine assists, 11 Defensive Runs Saved and a 15 Ultimate Zone Rating.
  • He was traded to the New York Mets on 31st July 2015 where he went 5 for 6 against the Colorado Rockies, hitting 3 home runs in a game for the first time on 21st August.
  • In his first 41 games with the Mets, he exploded, posting a .309 batting average, 17 home runs, 42 RBIs, and a .691 slugging percentage.
  • For the World Series, he batted .150 with no extra-base hits. 
  • He re-signed with the Mets on a three-year, $75 million contract, with an opt-out after the first season on 26th January 2016 and played against the Cincinnati Reds in the 7th inning and hit a first-pitch pinch-hit three-run homer to tie the game at 3 on 26th April. 
  • He then opted out of his contract with the Mets on 3rd November 2016 signing him to a four-year contract worth $110 million, with a no-trade clause on 30th November 2016.
  • He hit three home runs in a single game as the Mets won 14-4 over the Phillies on 11th April. 
  • He finished the 2017 season with a .292 batting average and 17 home runs in 81 games played.
  • He batted .262 with nine home runs and 29 RBIs in 38 games in 2018, as his season ended with him undergoing surgery on both heels which would result in him missing 8-10 months.
  • On 20th May 2019, it was announced that he fractured his right ankle on his ranch, effectively ending his hopes of playing in 2019 and missed the entire season. 
  • After the injury, he returned to major league action for the Mets' 2020 season opener against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field where he hit a home run in a 1-0 victory, becoming the first designated hitter to hit a home run in a National League game.
  • He off to a .161 start to the shortened season, did not report to the Mets for their August 2 game; his agent announced during the game that he had opted out of the 2020 season.
  • He failed to show up to the ballpark in Atlanta for the Mets' game against the Braves on Sunday, and the team did not know his whereabouts. 
  • "He's decided to opt-out of the remainder of the season," general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said, for COVID-"related reasons".

Awards and Achievements of Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes with his awards

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Yoenis won the American League Rawlings Gold Glove Award in left field. He became only the second player in MLB history to win a Gold Glove Award after a midseason trade between leagues in 2014 season, following Vic Power in 1964. He was named to the National League roster for the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Petco Park, joining teammates Noah Syndergaard, Bartolo Colón, Jeurys Familia, and Mets manager Terry Collins, but was later taken off the roster along with Syndergaard due to an injury on 5th July 2016. His awards and achievements include; 

Championships earned or shared

  • 3× Cuba national team gold medallist (2007 Pan Am Games, 2010 International Cup, 2010 World University)
  • 2× Home Run Derby champion (2013, 2014)
  • National League champion (2015)

Awards

  • All-World Baseball Classic Team (2009)
  • American League Rookie of the Month (Sept. 2012)
  • 2× MLB All-Star (2014, 2016)
  • 2× MLB Player of the Week (July 15, 2012; September 13, 2015)
  • Rawlings Gold Glove Award at the left field (2015)
  • Silver Slugger Award at outfield (2016)

Statistical leader

  • Assists at outfield leader (2014)
  • Total zone runs at left field leader (2015)

Yoenis Cespedes is DATING his girlfriend; Sandra Quesada

Yoenis Cespedes's marital status is unmarried and he is still to get married. He is not single at present but he is currently in a relationship with his girlfriend; Sandra Quesada. The duo seems to be having affair for many years as the duo is also blessed with a son whose name is Yoenis Cespedes Jr. He hasn't seen since he left Cuba, and is only able to speak to him on the phone. He has tried to get him into the United States. The duo is living a happy life without any disturbances. He is straight by sexual orientation. 

Yoenis Cespedes Girlfriend Sandra Quesada

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Yoenis Cespedes's Net Worth 2020

Yoenis Cespedes is a famous baseball player for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). With his baseball career, he has accumulated a huge amount of money. As of 2020, the net worth of Yoenis is estimated to have $30 Million as per sources. He signed a 4-year contract valued at $110 million with the Mets in 2016. Previously, he agreed to a 4-year, $36 million contracts with the Oakland Athletics on February 13, 2012, with the deal becoming official the following month. On January 26, 2016, he re-signed with the Mets on a three-year, $75 million contract, with an opt-out after the first season. He also has various car collections which include a custom 2016 Ford F-250, 2 custom Polaris Slingshots, a custom Lamborghini Aventador, an Alfa Romeo 8 Competizione, and a custom Jeep Wrangler. He is earning a considerable amount of salary from his career. His turbulent tenure with the Mets all but ended Sunday when he left the team without warning-and hours later communicated that he was opting out of the rest of the 2020 season. Mets released a statement saying Cespedes did not show up to the ballpark and they were unable to contact him. It ended after a 4-0 loss to the Braves when general manager Brodie Van Wagenen revealed that Cespedes representatives told the Mets he was done for the year due to concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Cespedes also was facing the possibility of diminished playing time as he struggled at the plate, playing regularly for the first time in more than two years. His contract included lots of bonuses attached mostly to at-bat totals. Cespedes originally was due to earn $29.5 million this year. That was reduced to $6 million-plus lots of potential bonuses-due to the boar incident. After the season’s pandemic delay led to all salary being prorated, he had a base pay of $2.22 million. Now, he gets about $611,000 for nine games. He has also endorsement deals with New Balance, Panini, Franklin Sports, and Wilson Sporting Goods which boosts his salary.