Yoenis Céspedes is a Cuban professional baseball outfielder for the New York Mets. He previously played for the Detroit Tigers, the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics. Before joining the Major Leagues, he played in the Cuban National Series and was a member of the Cuba national baseball team.
Céspedes’ baseball career began at age 10, when he attended a state-run school that allowed him to focus on the game. In 2003, he debuted in the Cuban National Series with a .302 batting average, .382 on-base percentage, and .503 slugging percentage. The following year, he improved to .313/.403/.540, and in 2005-06, he was second in the National Series in runs, with 23 home runs, 89 runs and 78 runs batted in in 88 games. He led the Series in runs in the 2006-2007 season, and he debuted in the 2007 Pan-American Games with a steal and a run.
Céspedes was starting center fielder for Cuba in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, where he led the team in slugging, tied for the team lead in runs, and tied for second in home runs. 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. He made the tournament All-Star outfield, and he played for Cuba in the 2010 Pan American Games Qualifying Tournament, where they finished second. In the 2010 Intercontinental Cup, he was 3 for 10 with a double, three runs, four RBI and a walk.
In the 2010-2011 season, he again led the league in runs, tied for the home run lead, and tied for the most total bases, with a .333 / .424 / .667 batting line. He was named the All-Star center fielder.
In 2011, Céspedes defected from Cuba and established residency in the Dominican Republic, where he became an unrestricted free agent. In 2012, he signed to the Oakland Athletics for a 4-year contract. That year, the Athletics won the American League West. In 2013, Céspedes won the 2013 Home Run Derby with 32 home runs total.
Céspedes had a strong start to the 2014 season, hitting 14 home runs with 55 RBI’s and finishing 3rd in All-Star Voting for the AL and playing in the 2014 MLB All-Star Game. He won the Home Run Derby for the second time, becoming the first player to win consecutive Home Run Derby titles since Ken Griffey Jr.
On July 31, 2014, Céspedes was traded to the Boston Red Sox, where he ended the season with 22 home runs and a career high 100 RBI. He was traded to the Detroit Tigers in December 2014. In July 2015 he was traded to the New York Mets. He re-signed a three-year deal with the Mets on January 26, 2016.
Yoenis Cespedes makes his Tigers preseason debut with a grand slam. Watch here now.
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Yoenis Cespedes hit a solo home run in last night’s game. Watch it here.
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Watch: Yoenis Cespedes hit his first home run as a New York Met last night, helping the team lock in a win.