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Yoenis Cespedes is not guaranteed a job either. Or so says Billy Beane.

Mar 13, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

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It’s understandable that Manny Ramirez is going to be out of the picture for a while. But would you believe Yoenis Cespedes could be shuffled off to the minors too?

I don’t believe it, but Billy Beane is at least making noises that Cespedes will not simply be given a job:

Beane would not guarantee Cespedes will be in the lineup March 28 when the A’s open the regular season against the Seattle Mariners in Tokyo. “Whether we think he’ll be ready to handle it the first game of the year or the 10th game, we just don’t know,” Beane said. “I think we’ll just have a feel. If we think he can handle it up here, we’ll make that decision.”

Obviously Beane has not read Cespedes’ glowing press clippings. Or maybe he’s just not as impressed at someone smacking a Jeff Francis “fastball” over the fence as I am. But you know me: I’m always an optimist.

I’m guessing he starts Opening Day, however. He’s going to be a draw. And, even if he’s not quite the hitter he showed in a single outing against some average pitching on a random March afternoon, he’s much more of a power threat than whoever would take his place in the A’s lineup, right?

One other thing: Every article I’ve seen spells his name “Yoenis.”  His locker in the A’s clubhouse in Phoenix, however, has the nameplate “Yoenys Cespedes” over it.  Anyone care to advise?

  1. El Bravo - Mar 13, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    He’s just tryin’ to be cool like Bryce.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 13, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Seth Smith will not put butts in seats, even if he is more familiar with MLB pitching at the moment

    • dparker713 - Mar 13, 2012 at 11:50 AM

      Cespedes will only be a draw for a few games. They’re opening on the road anyway, so waiting until atleast a series after their home opener makes the most sense from a ticket sales perspective. Though at this point Im not sure if the As want higher or lower attendence.

  3. paperlions - Mar 13, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    If I was an A’s fan, them signing Cespedes on the way out of town would not make me buy tickets.

    • dwishinsky - Mar 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM

      On the way out of town… thirty-five miles away… which is akin to many people’s commutes. Which is about the distance the Lions moved whey moved from Pontiac to downtown… I mean perspective people.

      • paperlions - Mar 13, 2012 at 12:29 PM

        Because the giant middle finger the owner has been giving Oakland and the fans for the last decade plus isn’t supposed to matter?

      • dwishinsky - Mar 13, 2012 at 12:36 PM

        Yeah the affordable tickets are terrible. The stadium sucks that is a fact. They should love, they’re trying to do that.

  4. APBA Guy - Mar 13, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    The A’s had a slight rise in average home attendance last year, but it was very small, and could probably be attributed to having 9 home games against the Yankees and BoSox (combined) as opposed to 6.

    Cespedes is the one thing that has A’s fans talking, as we secretly gather in our hovels, being careful to douse the lights at the sound of approaching footsteps.

    The other thing is that two ownership groups that were formed to pursue the Dodgers are now looking at the A’s and keeping them in Oakland, which coincides with the current Oakland city council saying they’d approve redevelopment of the Mausoleum on the current site, either like Kansas City or maybe a new stadium in an unused portion of the parking lot, of which there is much during the Summer. That’s potentially a much more positive development long term.

    But short term Cespedes is the talking point. He could go down to the minors initially if it looks like he’s too raw and won’t profit from seeing one MLB breaking pitch after another. As Craig said, hitting an 85 mph mushball is no great feat for guys at the top level. I saw Barry Bonds , pre-steroids, put a Mark Leiter 85’er into the right-field stands into the teeth of a howling 30 mph wind at the Stick one time. So far the comparison between the two ends right there. Melvin was careful in his choice of words in the MLB interview I saw this morning. But whether Cespedes goes down for a bit or stays with the big team and plays right or center (CoCo’s defensive numbers weren’t demi-god like last year, but he still looks like he can go get it out there) Cespedes is the only thing at this point that’s positive and real for the A’s fans.

    • borninfellspoint - Mar 14, 2012 at 7:47 AM

      @ APBA Guy excellent post.

  5. 5thbase - Mar 13, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    The transliterations from Spanish to English can be pretty arbitrary. Would be easier if both languages used the same basic alphabet.

  6. rcali - Mar 13, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Billy Beane has won a lot of playoff games and his fans can’t wait to run through the turnstiles for every home game.

  7. jwbiii - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    “Every article I’ve seen spells his name “Yoenis.” His locker in the A’s clubhouse in Phoenix, however, has the nameplate “Yoenys Cespedes” over it.”

    Ask Kendry. Or Kendrys.

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