Mets star left fielder Yoenis Cespedes has hit just .195 in his first 20 games to open the season. One reason for his poor start, Cespedes says, is a lack of golf.
“In previous seasons, one of the things I did when I wasn’t going well was to play golf,” Cespedes said to the New York Times. “This year, I’m not playing golf.”
Cespedes was an avid golfer and at one time dreamed of going pro in the sport after finishing his baseball career, according to the New York Daily News.
“I’ve been thinking about it — if there is an opportunity to play professionally later, maybe not PGA, but I would like to play golf professionally,” Cespedes said in 2015.
But he decided to step away from the game after he was plagued by hamstring injuries and played just 81 games last season, according to the Daily News.
Cespedes, who was criticized for golfing while dealing with injuries in both the 2015 playoffs and 2016 regular season, told the Times he has not played a round since last June.
“There are a lot of good hitters, when they’re going bad and in a slump, the first thing they do to get out of it is go play golf,” Cespedes said in spring training.
Cespedes also revealed he’s increased his time watching video to open the season. However, he is considering a return to golf.
“With golf, I had to keep my hands inside and keep watching the ball in order to hit it well,” he said. “I think that helped me.”
Cespedes, who has registered just 16 hits this season, still leads the Mets with 18 RBIs. Despite his slow start, the Mets have begun 2018 with a 14-6 record.