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On Thursday, Eduardo Perez told the world, via MLB Radio, that Yoenis Cespedes predicted he'll hit 40 home runs next season, or maybe even 52 to match the number on his back. And while Mets fans are bound to be skeptical, to say the least, Perez later told me he believes it.
"My personal feeling is that he'll go out and do it," Perez said by phone Thursday afternoon. "I understand the skepticism, but I go way back with Yoenis, to when he was playing on Team Cuba, and I could hear it in his voice, how hungry he is to go out there and produce again.
"It all depends on his health, I've said that all along. But he's driven to play again, and if he proves in spring training that he's healthy, I don't see anything that crazy in him hitting 52, especially the way the balls were jumping this year."