It’s been a while since I’ve written about the simple fact that the sky is not nearly high enough for the limit to Yoenis Cespedes‘ potential. As Billy Beane has shuffled things around him, adding pieces here and there to construct perhaps the deepest Athletics team I’ve seen in year, Yoenis has been waiting for Spring Training to begin, so he can give us all a nice little reminder of just how special he is. That reminder took place two days ago when Cespedes took Manager Bob Melvin deep during a batting practice session, with the bat weight (affectionately referred to as a donut) still on it (Video proof here).
On the surface it might not seem like a particularly impressive feat, the donut doesn’t take up much room on the barrel of the bat, and can’t possibly weigh that much right? Well, if you’ve ever tried to swing a bat with one on it, you’d understand how much difference that little thing makes. It’s used to make the bats feel lighter and thus move more swiftly during the at bat itself, and it does its job. So the fact that Yoenis Cespedes has the strength to hit a long home run, even in batting practice, with a donut still on the bat puts a new perspective on just what kind of physical specimen he truly is.
Before he even signed with the Athletics, Cespedes gained some level of notoriety for the famous 20 minute YouTube video that served as a marketing tool for him to major league clubs. It featured highlights of his playing days in Cuba, footage of his workouts, and a select few feats of strength and agility. We were all intrigued and excited when the surprising news that the A’s had signed him to a 4 year contract came out, but that excitement and intrigue reached new heights after viewing that marketing video. If you somehow haven’t seen this video, check it out here, your life will be better for it.
Yoenis Cespedes and the Stuff of Legend
Swingin' A's | Feb 24