After two years away from baseball, Yoenis Céspedes confessed that he decided to return to the game for his own satisfaction, saying, “I’m in good shape physically and mentally and my family wants me to be on the field. I agree to return.”
Cespedes, who last played in the major leagues for the New York Mets in 2020, said, “I may not be at the level I was at 10 years ago, but I feel like I can do it.”
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The veteran Cuban outfielder, who turns 37 on October 18, will wear the uniform of Aguilas Sibaenhas for the second time after making his professional debut at the end of the 2011-12 season.
“I’m not playing here to sign a contract to return to a major league team. I’m just doing it for my love of the game.
After completing his first official training session with the Eagles, Cespedes recalled his time in the Dominican League after signing with the Oakland Athletics 10 years ago. In Cuba, he played 8 of his seasons at Alazin de Grandma.
“I like what I’m seeing. It’s going to be a good team. I think it’s going to be an interesting season. I like the rivalry going on here, especially the one between Aguilas and Lycee,” he commented.
Cespedes assured that he will be ready to play in the Eagles’ yard from the opening day of the season on Oct. 15.
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Meanwhile, Eagles general manager Ángel Ovarez declared that he sees Yoenis Cespedes as a solid hitter in the middle of the lineup, capable of making an impact on the Dominican League and baseball fans.
“He’s still a young man at 37. I think he can give us the same kind of season that Manny Ramirez gave us when he came back to the Eagles at about 40.”
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