Sports Rockies' Desmond opts out of season: 'Home is where I need to be right now'

07:06  30 june  2020
07:06  30 june  2020 Source:   thescore.com

Desmond has 'full support' of star teammates after deciding to sit out 2020

  Desmond has 'full support' of star teammates after deciding to sit out 2020 Ian Desmond has the support of teammates Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story after the veteran outfielder announced he would sit out the 2020 season on Monday. In a powerful Instagram statement, the 34-year-old said he preferred to stay at home with his pregnant wife and four children rather than risk his health to play baseball in wake of the coronavirus pandemic. He also addressed concerns about a wide range of other systemic issues within Major League Baseball."Our team is very supportive of him, always have been," Arenado told The Athletic's Nick Groke. "This won't change a thing. I respect Ian and I always have, always will.

Now the Rockies are counting on Desmond to fill out an already star-filled infield, and Desmond — who has 132 career home runs with a career-best 25 in 2012 — adamantly deflected And I believe through conversations with the Rockies that they are going to give me all the help I need to succeed

All of that sweat and application paid off for the Rockies ’ rugged center fielder Saturday night at Chase Field “It just felt good to be out there in a close game and get the jitters out of the way.” After two pratfalls on the mound to open the season , the Rockies needed a strong start, and right -hander

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Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond announced Monday on Instagram that he is opting out of the 2020 MLB season.

The 34-year-old stated that he will stay at home with his family rather than put himself at risk in order to play baseball.

"With a pregnant wife and four young children who have lots of questions about what's going on in the world, home is where I need to be right now," Desmond wrote at the conclusion of a lengthy post that discussed his life, the ongoing health crisis, and racial disparity.

"Home for my wife, Chelsey. Home to help. Home to guide. Home to answer my older three boys' questions about coronavirus and civil rights and life. Home to be their dad."

Rockies' Ian Desmond rips MLB culture, shares angst about race in opt-out message

  Rockies' Ian Desmond rips MLB culture, shares angst about race in opt-out message The MLB veteran is dealing with a lot, from baseball's many faults to George Floyd's killing to COVID-19.A brief summary of those reasons:

But that was negated by Desmond ’s overall .627 groundball percentage. Wherever he ends up playing, the Rockies need more production. The Rockies have already lost 28 home games scheduled for April and May, and it remains to be seen if fans will be able to view any games at Coors this season .

Colorado's Ian Desmond , now hitting .184, has been the target of fans' boos at Coors Field this season . Monday night, he heard cheers. The Morning After: Rockies ’ Ian Desmond heard the cheers, but doesn’t mind the boos. Rockies win first game of season when trailing after seven innings.

Desmond also addressed the state of baseball, listing a wide range of systemic issues within MLB.

"Think about it: Right now in baseball we've got a labor war," he wrote. "We've got rampant individualism on the field. In clubhouses, we've got racist, sexist, homophobic jokes or flat-out problems. We've got cheating. We've got a minority issue from the top down. One African American GM. Two African American managers. Less than 8% Black players. No Black majority team owners."

The two-time All-Star is the fourth player to opt out of the season, joining Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Mike Leake and Washington Nationals teammates Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross.

Desmond was scheduled to earn the prorated portion of his $15-million salary for the upcoming campaign. He hit .255/.310/.479 with 20 home runs, 31 doubles, and 65 RBIs for the Rockies last season.

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