Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. (PHOTO: USA TODAY SPORTS IMAGES)
PHOENIX, AZ - Yoenis Cespedes has no plans to start speaking English in public - "2015," he joked in Spanish.
No plans to grow one of those bushy, scraggly beards sported by several of his Oakland teammates, either - "I don't like that."
The Athletics' left fielder arrived at spring training in the desert Sunday at ease, determined to build on a strong rookie season for the AL West champions.
Cespedes, the 27-year-old Cuban defector, also discussed how late last season he worried constantly about the safety of his family members in the Dominican Republic.
He wasn't sure whether they might be targeted because of his legal issues stemming from a former agent who claims the outfielder owes him money, he revealed to the San Francisco Chronicle late last month.
The Associated Press