Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has, without question, one of the strongest and most accurate throwing arms in baseball. He’s made a number of memorable throws since debuting in the majors in 2012, but he hadn’t shown it off with his new club until Saturday night against the Pirates.
In a 3-3 game with out one out in the ninth, Pirates batter Sean Rodriguez ripped a fly ball into the gap in left-center at Citi Field. Cespedes overran it, which prompted Rodriguez to attempt to wheel around second base towards third base. That was a mistake. Cespedes fired a perfect one-hop strike to Juan Uribe at third base to nail Rodriguez for his first outfield assist as a Met. If Rodriguez had been safe, the Pirates would have had the go-ahead run only 90 feet away with one out.
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Cespedes has 10 outfield assists on the year, counting his time with the Tigers. His career-high is 16 set last season between the Athletics and Red Sox.
Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.
The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”
Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.
Now, however, Kopech has opted out.