Some MLB players opting out for 2020
With an agreement reached between owners and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), the 2020 season is now a go.
On Monday, Major League Baseball released a 60 game schedule that is set to begin on July 23rd or July 24th. However, several players throughout the league have stated their intentions not to play due to COVID-19 concerns.
One such player, Washington Nationals’ first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, made the decision with his family in mind.
“Everyone knows how much it means to me to be part of a team, and I will miss that camaraderie dearly this year,” Zimmerman said in a statement. “Of course I would love to pursue back-to-back titles. I cannot speak for anyone else, but given the nature of the season, this is the best decision for me and my family, and I truly appreciate the organization’s understanding and support.”
Teammate Joe Ross will take the same path as Zimmerman and also sit out the 2020 season.
“Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross have decided not to participate in the 2020 season for the personal health and safety of themselves and their loved ones,” Mike Rizzo, Nationals General Manager, said. “We are one hundred percent supportive of their decision to not play this year. We will miss their presence in the clubhouse and their contributions on the field.”
Zimmerman is not the only player citing family as a reason not to play this year. Arizona Diamondback pitcher Mike Leake also expressed the same sentiment in his decision to sit out 2020.
“During this global pandemic, Mike and his family had many discussions about playing this season. They took countless factors into consideration, many of which are personal to him and his family,” Leake’s agent, Danny Horwits, told CNN in a statement. “After thorough consideration, he has chosen to opt out of playing in 2020. This was not an easy decision for Mike.”
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