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Yoenis Cespedes nearly ready for Cactus League play

Mar 7, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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Yoenis Cespedes Mania — if that’s going to be a thing — is about to hit Phoenix Municipal Stadium, where the A’s play their spring training games.

According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, Cespedes is expected to be ready to make his Cactus League debut “by this weekend.”

The 26-year-old Cuban defector has been working out and participating in drills since arriving in Arizona last Friday. He’s scheduled to get six plate appearances in a simulated game this afternoon and should be sufficiently tuned up by Saturday or Sunday.

Cespedes signed a four-year, $36 million contract with Oakland in mid-February.

He batted .333/.424/.667 with a league-record 33 home runs and 99 RBI in 90 games last year in Cuba’s Serie Nacional, and could crack the A’s Opening Day roster with a strong showing this spring.

  1. cur68 - Mar 7, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Didn’t go with a shirtless montage for a picture? I’ve just come to expect that every time I see The Human Centipede…well good luck to the demigod. Hope he makes it, even if Coco gonna be unhappy. He can go tell the Secret Service guys how unfair it all is… he is still being followed by the Secret Service, right?

  2. pantherpro - Mar 7, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    The A’s win the Series and you get 5,000 people in Jack London Square. Giants win and there’s a million plus fans. There’s a reason why your team is on FM radio and switches every year. The Stick hurt attendance but ownership always knew how popular the Giants were because of tv and radio rating that dwarfed those of Oaktown! You and Raiders will always be SF’s bitch. That’s why Oakland fans are so bitter. We barely recognize you exist! Ouch!


    • jlove42 - Mar 7, 2012 at 11:29 PM

      So I spent 6 months in the Bay Area last fall-spring, and got to experience many Giant tools who were just like you. Yes, I was drinking champagne in the middle of 22nd and Mission when the Giants won the World Series. No, I don’t think the fact that the streets were mobbed with morons like you somehow makes Oakland and its baseball franchise your “bitch”. It was one World Series championship, and as we saw from the results this previous season, it was a lucky one. On the field, The Oakland A’s have accomplished much, much more than the San Francisco Giants; I think that alone beats the hell out of winning some kind of popularity contest.

      All that “we’re more popular, therefore we’re better” talk reminds me a lot of what Cubs fans yell well they’re trying to salvage some self-respect in the face of White Sox fans. It just makes all of you sound really dumb.

  3. Old Gator - Mar 8, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    So $36 million later Cespedes is “almost ready.” What are they waiting for, his testicles to drop?

    • hcf95688 - Mar 8, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      Bitter that he ignored the Marlins?

      • Old Gator - Mar 11, 2012 at 1:31 AM

        No, relieved.

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