The Next Yoenis Cespedes: Writer David Wiers

Few could forget the sensational YouTube video that launched the career of Yoenis Cespedes. The Oakland Athletics outfielder has since gone on to become the greatest outfielder in the MLB, leading the league in homers through the first 4 games of the season. Because most MLB scouts get their news first from YouTube, it will come as little surprise that the next Yoenis Cespedes is making a similar entrĂ nce.

The following video features FanGraphs (RotoGraphs) writer David Wiers, approximately an impress seven hands tall, at first whiffing on 50 mph high, sizzling heat, and then utilizing some classic Oakland Athletics plate patience (i.e. asking his friend to aim the pitching machine lower) to get the pitcher exactly where he wanted him. Wiers then summons the totem spirit: elephant via his Daric Barton shirsey, and he starts cracking some scalding weak dribblers — presumably through the drawn-in infield for some triples and hustle-doubles.

Situational hitting!:

And in the follow-up film, we see Wiers exercise not only his statistical prowess — when he engages in a shrewd wager with an athletic Caucasian possibly twice his size — but also his endearing, down-to-earth personality as he engages the cameraman with light talk and a winning smile.

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14 Responses to “The Next Yoenis Cespedes: Writer David Wiers”

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  1. dscottncc says:

    This is great. Although it depresses me that my city of 140,000 people doesn’t have a good batting cage anywhere :(

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    • David Wiers says:

      How good a batting cage depends on the talent of the hitter. That being said (and untrue), I’ve never been to a batting cage where I can even make decent contact. They’ve all been awful cages and machines. Obviously it is the equipments fault and mine.

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  2. KyleCRhoads says:


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  3. More like No-enis Cespedes, amirite?

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  4. David Wiers says:

    Hey everyone, I do offer hitting lessons. I charge by the hour. Anyone looking for some tips? Anyone?

    Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

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  5. Big Jgke says:

    Yet another video falls prey to the curse of those unable to turn their phone sideways whilst shooting.

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  6. Kris says:

    Cespedes? You hit like Vincent and write like Yoenis! lol, philoso-burn.

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  7. ethanator99 says:

    He had a couple of good quotes:

    “I feel like Cespedes!”
    “70 is FAST!”
    (Charlie Brown-esque) “AAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!”

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  8. dbake005 says:

    Amazing jersey shirt

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    • David Wiers says:

      It’s a rare one. I’ve never seen another Barton shirsey. Living in Michigan is part of the reason. The bigger reason is that Barton just isn’t good.

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  9. peachesnnuts says:

    The “athletic Caucasian possibly twice his size” (me) is 5’9 and about 155. So yeah, I’m about twice Wiers size. I also want to point out that he did put 5 balls in play, so I win the wager.

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