Yoenis Céspedes pulls out of 2020 season after sparking frantic search when he failed to show for Mets game

NEW York Mets player Yoenis Céspedes didn’t show up to Sunday’s game — and later opted out of the 2020 season entirely.

Céspedes, the team’s designated hitter, was supposed to play in a game against the Atlanta Braves in Georgia, but his team couldn’t locate him.

General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said in a statement that as of game time, Céspedes didn’t report to the stadium."

He said Céspedes "did not reach out to management with any explanation for his absence.”

“Our attempts to contact him have been unsuccessful,” Wagenen said.

ESPN reported that team security was sent to Céspedes’ room, but it was empty.

“He had taken his belongings, just up and left, and through his agent informed the team mid-game that he was opting out,” the news outlet reported Wagenen said.

During the game, Mets broadcasters said the team told them the club didn’t believe that Cespedes’ safety was at risk.

On Saturday night, during the Mets’ game in Atlanta, Cespedes went zero for four during a 7-1 loss, and is now five for 31 with 15 strikeouts this season.

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