THE LONG JOURNEY AND SHORT MLB LIFE OF YOENIS CESPADES

Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes is making the most of his time in the United States. Type his name in Google and tap the search button.

See what I mean?

His professional baseball career starts and ends quickly. It begins in 2012 with Cespedes signing a four-year, $36 million contract with the Oakland Athletics. Three years and some change later, Cespedes has played in three major league cities — Oakland, Boston, Detroit — and, on Saturday, he will begin a new chapter in New York.

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HALL OF FAME STORYTELLER

Tom Gage

Veteran baseball reporter Tom Gage has witnessed a lot of baseball history. He has covered over 5,000 games and wrote over 11 million words. In a video presentation during Saturday’s ceremony, Gage’s stories were described as “the novel for the city of Detroit.”

His most memorable words were written in 1989. On a day off between games, with the Giants trailing the Oakland Athletics, Gage wrote the only thing that can save the Giants now is an act of nature rendering the field unplayable.

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SEEING IS BELIEVING

Michael Conforto

Moments after Terry Collins told the media he was not embarrassed by the team’s current starting lineup, the New York Mets manager penciled in John Mayberry Jr. as his cleanup hitter in the series opener against Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers. For the record: Mayberry Jr., who was signed last winter to bolster the team’s bench depth, went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts dropping his batting average to .165.

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WHAT ARE THE ODDS

David Eckstein

Baseball Prospectus’ “Playoff Odds Report” suggests there are only a handful of teams that could possibly win the World Series.

According to the report, the New York Mets have a 38.7% chance of making the post season, a 32.5% of making it to the Divisional series and a 2.6% chance of winning the World Series. The data is based on each team’s “adjusted playoff percentage and expected win percentage.” Baseball Prospectus simulated calculations suggest the Mets will win 84 games and finish with a .515 winning percentage.

So what you’re saying is, there’s a chance!?

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MANFRED IGNORES ANGRY METS FANS

Rob Manfred

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred held a Town Hall Chat in Cincinnati on Monday. Over the course of the hour Manfred answered questions from Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman, baseball fans and social media, sans New York Mets fans.

Here’s where it gets interesting. Mets fans bombarded #AskManfred asking, sometimes insulting and, on occasion, threatening Manfred about the Mets ownership lack of spending to make the team competitive.

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