Latest MLB Players To Opt Out Of The 2020 Season
The 2020 MLB season is set to return on July 23, and the league is attempting to host a 60-game season despite the threats of the COVID-19 pandemic. These threats are serious enough that the MBL allowed some players to opt out of the season.
Here’s the latest list of players who confirmed their absences:
Mike Leake (Arizona Diamondbacks)
Arizona Diamondbacks didn’t publicize Leake’s specific decision to opt out of the season, but the organization said that it involves personal and family matters. 32-year old Leake is the first player to announce his absence.
Felix Hernandez (Atlanta Braves)
Hernandez was pretty straightforward about his decision. He would not be participating this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The former CY young Winner recently signed a minor league deal for a rotation spot in Atlanta.
Nick Markakis (Atlanta Braves)
Markakis announced his decision to opt out after talking to teammate Freddie Freeman, who recently tested positive for COVID-19. The conversation, according to Markakis, was “kind of eye-opening”.
Ian Desmond (Colorado Rockies)
In a detailed Instagram post, Ian Desmond confirmed his decision to skip the 2020 season. Aside from the COVID-19 pandemic, Desmond cited social issues and labor wars. He shared how devastating George Floyd’s death was and how baseball is failing to support kids from unprivileged communities.
David Price (Los Angeles Dodgers)
Price, another former CY young Winner, broke the news via social media message to Los Angeles Dodger fans. Price said that he’s considering his health and his family’s, so he would skip this year’s play.
Joe Ross (Washington Nationals)
Washington Nationals released a public statement that Ross would opt out of the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ross cited the health and safety of his family. Ross’ brother, Tyson, also announced his absence.
Ryan Zimmerman (Washington Nationals)
Longtime Nationals infielder Zimmerman would sit out this season. Zimmerman has a 3-week-old child at home, and he wouldn’t want to risk the safety of his family.
Welington Castillo (Washington Nationals)
The third Nationals player to opt out this year is veteran catcher Castillio. Through his manager Dave Martinez, Castillo noted that it would make him uncomfortable to play amid the pandemic because he has young children at home.