Several baseball players opt for MLB season 2020, citing "personal health and safety"

Several baseball players opt for MLB season 2020, citing “personal health and safety”

Washington National Inferder Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross will not play the 2020 season, the team confirmed Monday. Arizona Diamondbacks right-back Mike Leake has also decided not to play this season, according to a statement from his agent.

On Monday night, Colorado Rockies striker Ian Desmond released the emotion message on Instagram saying that he will also decide to play this season. The 34-year-old, who is a voter, referred to the current racial tensions in the country and the pandemic why the family needs him at home.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season a risk that I will not accept,” he wrote in his post.

“With a pregnant wife and four young children who have a lot of questions about what’s going on in the world, home is where I need to be now. Home for my wife, Chelsea. A house to help. A house to lead. A house to answer. My questions. the older three boys about coronavirus and civil rights and life. Home to be their father. “

The news comes a week later The big league baseball announced its season will begin next month, after the pandemic canceled the original schedule.

“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,” National Service Director General Mike Rizzo said in a statement.

“We fully support their decision not to play this year. We will miss their presence at the clubhouse and their contribution on the pitch.”

Zimmerman, a double All Star, explained his reasons why the ties are related to the family, and he believes that playing such lovers is dangerous.

“Everyone knows how much it means to me to be part of a team, and I will love those pieces dear this year,” he said in a separate statement. “Of course I would love to deal with headlines backwards. I can’t speak for anyone else, but given the nature of the season, this is the best decision for me and my family and I really appreciate the understanding and support of the organization.”

Leake also stated that the main reason he decided not to play.

“During this global pandemic, Mike and his family have had a lot of discussions about playing this season. They’ve taken countless factors into account, many of which are personal to him and his family,” Leak’s agent, Danny Horwits, told CNN. “After careful consideration, he decided to give up playing in 2020. This was not an easy decision for Mike.”

Horwits added that Leake is looking forward to rejoining his team in 2021.

Their decisions to give up playing are made at a time when the number of coronavirus cases is increasing in the US.

Other leagues that have shifted their seasons face similar security issues. the angels Lakers keeper Avery Bradley told Adrian Wojnarowski for ESPN last week he decides to play the rest of the NBA season, when he continues to play in Florida.
Last week, executives from several MLB teams have published positive coronavirus test results in their MLB organizations.
The news of those cases arrived a day later MLB has announced the 2020 season will start on July 23 or 24 with a schedule of 60 games.

Typically, 30 MLB teams play 162 games from late March or early April to late September or early October, followed by the postseason. But the 2020 baseball season never started because of the pandemic.

MLB players and staff will report to their teams starting Wednesday. Clubs can begin full training sessions on Friday with Opening Day games or July 23 or 24.

CNN’s Ralph Ellis contributed to this report.

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