When the Mets played at Yankee Stadium on July 20, 2018, Asdrubal Cabrera was at second, Matt den Dekker was in center, Jose Bautista at third, Wilmer Flores at first and Devin Mesoraco behind the plate.
The designated hitter was Yoenis Cespedes. This was the last time he played a major league game.
You might remember that day as the only time since May 13, 2018, that Cespedes played — he was out with hip and quad injuries — and that after the game he dropped the bombshell that he needed surgery on both heels. Since then, Cespedes had a run-in with a wild boar that led to a right ankle fracture that cost him the entirety of the 2019 campaign and led to his 2020 salary being severely reduced.
Not much has gone well for him as a baseball player. But the possibility that the DH likely would be used universally if there is a 2020 season is a potential boon for Cespedes and the Mets should all the ifs be met: If games are played, if Cespedes is fully healthy, if he can stay healthy.
As opposed to July 20, 2018, when Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier also were on the injured list, the 2020 Mets project to have more bats than slots, perhaps as many quality hitters as just about…