Tigers and Reds' clothes almost go out of style while waiting for Yoenis Cespedes to take left field
Tigers delay game when Cespedes forgets to be in LF
The central tenet of "The Sandlot" -- a classic piece of American cinema -- is that a proper baseball team requires nine fielders (they only need Smalls to play because Elswenger moved to Arizona). So, it's no surprise that the Reds and Tigers decided to hold things up when the home team was down a left fielder to start the third inning.
Brennan Boesch was in the box ready to square-off against Anibal Sanchez and the diamond was filled with Tigers, spare for an empty left field that was supposed to be manned by Yoenis Cespedes. After a brief period of confusion and a short delay, Yoenis ostensibly finished his business and returned to his post.
One glance at the stat sheet and it's no wonder the Tigers were stalling. Cespedes is third among all MLB outfielders with seven assists in 2015.
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Among AL outfielders, his .310 batting average ranks second and he's the cream of the crop with 19 doubles. After the Tigers bought him some extra time, Cespedes went 2-for-3 down the stretch on Monday with an RBI double and a run scored as his Tigers won, 6-0.