Yoenis Cespedes not getting enough credit for A’s success 

It could very well be that we're too busy marveling at the sensation that Josh Donaldson has become. It's bordering on ridiculous now, the way he steps into the batter's box and almost literally threatens to hammer whatever he sees -- then does just that.

Perhaps we're blinded by the brilliance of Sonny Gray, or the sublime steadiness of his new mentor, Scott Kazmir. They're pitching dopplegangers in a sense, only Kazmir is six years older and left-handed and has been through baseball hell and back. Whatever. They both carry a quiet but undeniable confidence that everyone in the yard can feel when the ball's in their hands and the game's up for grabs.

Or maybe we're just too focused on the growing gap in the standings. The American League West has been, is, and will continue to be the property of the Oakland Athletics.

Who knows what it is, but it's definitely something, because for one reason or another, Yoenis Cespedes is not getting anything close to his due.

Is it because Yasiel Puig and Jose Abreu are doing Playstation things for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox, respectively? Do we have capacity to be blown away by the ungodly talent of only one Cuban import per league per season?

Or are we so infatuated by numbers that we can't just sit back, watch Cespedes work, and appreciate what we're seeing?

To hell with numbers. Besides, Cespedes' numbers are just fine. Put down the stat sheet, though, and watch. Take in the speed, the power, the balance, the focus. It's utterly breathtaking, yet it goes largely unnoticed outside the East Bay.

Let's change that. A's fan or not, you owe it to yourself to get a load of this guy. At 28, he's just entering his prime, and he might not be in the Bay Area for long. So enjoy him while you can. There's a lot to distract you right now, but pay attention. The talent is all-time.


A's vs. Orioles

WHEN: Today, 10:35 a.m.

WHERE: Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore

TV: CSN California


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Mychael Urban

Mychael Urban

Mychael Urban has been covering Bay Area sports for 25 years and has worked for MLB.com, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and KNBR (680 AM).
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