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Colorado Rockies’ Ian Desmond announced on social media on Monday night that he is opting for the Major League baseball season of 2020.
At the end of a passionate Instagram post that also addressed police brutality, racial inequality and how it relates to baseball, Desmond revealed the reasoning behind his decision not to play in the abbreviated 60-game season.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season a risk that I am not comfortable taking,” Desmond wrote.
He continued, “With a pregnant wife and four young children who have many questions about what is going on in the world, home is where I need to be now. My wife Chelsey’s home. Home to help. Home to guide. Home to answer questions from my three oldest children about coronavirus, civil rights and life. Home to be their father. “
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Before the announcement to give up this season, Desmond wrote about the lack of inclusion in baseball.
He wrote in part: “In clubs, we have racist, sexist, homophobic jokes or common problems. We have cheated. We have a top-down minority issue. An African-American GM. Two African American managers, less than 8% of players blacks, without majority team owners.
“Perhaps the most disheartening of all is a disconcerting lack of focus on understanding how to change these numbers. A lack of focus on making baseball accessible and possible for all children, not just those who have the privilege to pay. If baseball it is the American pastime, perhaps it has never been more suitable than now “.
Desmond was the fourth player to announce his intentions on Monday not to play this season, joining Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Mike Leake and Washington Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross.
Desmond – who signed the 2021 season with a 2022 club option for Spotrac – has played 11 seasons with the top teams, including the last three for the Rocky Mountains. He is an All-Star selection twice. who played several positions on the field and in the field throughout his career.
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