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|Posted: Sun Mar 5th, 2017 06:00 am||
|New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes' natural build was already impressively intimidating, but if his recent training regimen is any indication, the 31-year-old is going to be mashing a ton of home runs in 2017.
Fresh off a four-year, $110-million deal to return to the Big Apple, Cespedes has been taking part in a high intensity weight training program that has reportedly led to him bear squatting 1,000 pounds in the Mets' weight room, according to members of the organization, per ESPN's Buster Olney.
"Unbelievable," Mets hitting coach Kevin Long said. "Incredible.
"He does that no problem. Like it’s nothing."
To shed a light on how powerful that is, 1,000 pounds maxes out the machine. Cespedes' new-found adherence to training comes a year after he arrived to camp in decent shape, but was reportedly a little chubby.
At the time, Bartolo "Big Sexy" Colon started to poke fun at Cespedes over his gut. While it's fair to assume Colon's witticisms weren't the sole reason for Cespedes pumping iron in the offseason, he enters 2017 stronger than ever.
The primary influence appears to be the new contract, Olney notes citing a high-ranking baseball official, which has left Cespedes with peace of mind. On top of hitting the weight room more frequently, Cespedes has also been focused on leadership and being more vocal in the Mets' clubhouse.
Since joining the Mets through trade in 2015, Cespedes has hit .282/.348/.554 with 48 home runs, 130 RBIs, and 5.2 WAR. His new deal was the largest awarded to a position player this offseason.