Ian Desmond Opts Out Of 2020 Season
Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond will decide out of taking part in within the 2020 MLB season. He supplied a considerate rationalization of his decisionmaking course of in an announcement on Instagram.
Desmond explains that “the COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season one that may be a danger I’m not snug taking.” He says he’s compelled to remain dwelling “with a pregnant spouse and 4 younger youngsters who’ve numerous questions on what’s happening on the earth.”
Happily for all of us that care about the way forward for the sport, the broadly revered Desmond says he intends to work along with his native Little League (in Sarasota, Florida) whereas he’s not taking part in this 12 months. He didn’t provide a sign of his future plans for returning to the diamond.
Desmond’s announcement is important studying for all baseball followers. It’s a robust name to motion to take care of obtrusive inequity within the recreation, from its lowest to its loftiest ranges.
Three different huge leaguers preceded Desmond in saying that they’d not take part within the 2020 season. Little doubt others will comply with. It’s not recognized whether or not Desmond had any private medical problem that can permit him to decide out whereas nonetheless accruing wage and repair time. If not, he’ll forego a pro-rated portion of his $15MM wage for the 12 months. He stays beneath contract with the Rockies via 2021; the membership additionally controls him in 2022 by way of membership possibility.