Jeff Sullivan on Yoenis Cespedes smoking cigarettes between innings

I’m not all that interested in a guy’s personality. I’m more interested in a guy’s commitment, and it’s not a good look for Cespedes to be a smoker. It’s not a good look to take some plays off, and several articles lately have dropped hints that teams don’t know how motivated Cespedes will remain if he signs a big deal. There’s very clearly market concern that Cespedes could go south in a hurry. I honestly don’t know if that’s fair to him, because I don’t know him, but the smoking thing is concerning enough on its own. How well is Cespedes going to keep himself conditioned? He wouldn’t be the first elite athlete to run out of raw ability. Hanley Ramirez started as a shortstop, but he hasn’t consistently put in enough work, and now he’s a 32-year-old maybe-first baseman.

Source: Jeff Sullivan, FoxSports


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3 comments for “Jeff Sullivan on Yoenis Cespedes smoking cigarettes between innings

  1. Eraff
    January 22, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Hanley had spotty attitude, attendance, and health beginning with his age 27 season—he has had one healthy, big year in the last 5.

    The damage from smoking cigarettes does has much more affect on the 8-15 year olds that see YO smoking than it does on Yo’s athletic performance in the next 3-5 years.

    Unless “smoking cigarettes” is some sort of catch all euphemism for a bunch of habits and behavior that is physically distructive, I reject this completely.

  2. January 22, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    I seem to recall Keith Hernandez hiding behind Davey Johnson puffing a cigarette in between innings. How many other star athletes simply walk to the end of the runaway to their clubhouse to take a quick smoke. Sorry but the writers argument just doesn’t hold water.

  3. Eraff
    January 23, 2016 at 5:18 am

    Cespee a Met!!!!!!!!

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