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

11:27  30 june  2020
11:27  30 june  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

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:

Desmond took advantage of San Francisco's vast outfield, hitting a pair of three-baggers in a blowout defeat for the Rockies . He's still below the Mendoza Line with a .198 average through 106 at-bats, and has seen his playing Please check the opt -in box to acknowledge that you would like to subscribe.

Ian M. Desmond … married to Chelsey … together they have three sons: Grayson, Cruz and Ashton … they welcomed a baby girl, Dakota, in October 2018 … they reside in Sarasota, Fla., in the Colorado Rockies placed 1B Ian Desmond on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to July 26, 2017.

Ian Desmond wearing a hat © Provided by Sporting News

Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond announced Monday night that he will not take part in the 2020 MLB season, an option baseball is affording players as the sport opens amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He offered multiple personal reasons in a lengthy Instagram post.

A brief summary of those reasons:

— The "gruesome murder" (Desmond's words) of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May broke his "coping mechanism" and left him unable to suppress his emotions.

MORE: Full list of MLB players to opt out

— A recent visit to the Little League complex in his hometown, Sarasota, Fla., upset him. The fields where he once played were in poor shape and deserted. He then recounted racist behavior by high school teammates and racial inequality in American education. He recalled helping Antwaun, a kid he met at the Nationals' youth academy while he was playing in Washington. Antwaun "died when he was 18, shot 31 times in D.C.," Desmond wrote.

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.

— Ian Desmond demonstrated last season that he is a great athlete and willing pupil, excelling in the outfield — first in left, then in center — after spending his entire The Rockies , even after securing Desmond , are not ruling out signing free agent Mark Trumbo, according to major - league sources.

When Desmond came to the Rockies in 2017, he was a distinct shortstop/centerfielder hybrid who, despite something of an inconsistent offensive track record, offered somewhat stable They’ll utilize Ian Desmond as their primary center fielder, with Charlie Blackmon and David Dahl lining up in corners.

— He's disturbed by what he sees around MLB in 2020.

"Think about it: right now in baseball we've got a labor war. 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. Two African American managers (ed.: Dusty Baker, Dave Roberts). Less than 8% Black players. No Black majority team owners.

"Perhaps most disheartening of all is a puzzling lack of focus on understanding how to change those numbers. A lack of focus on making baseball accessible and possible for all kids, not just those who are privileged enough to afford it.

"If baseball is America's pastime, maybe it's never been a more fitting one than now."

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Facebook Share . Since April 25, Desmond is ninth among 343 Major League batters with 59.3 percent of his balls in play hit hard (minimum 10 balls hit into play), according to Statcast. Not-so-crazy eight Rockies catcher Tony Wolters has 69 at-bats from the No. 8 position in the batting order.

Ian Desmond joined the Rockies as they returned from the All-Star break Friday at Citi Field, but he isn't back on the active roster. "We ran him through some things, which he passed," Black said. Desmond missed the first month of the season after he fractured his left hand in Spring Training.

— He spoke of experiences with racism as a biracial male and the stress of having to check certain boxes during his life. That led him to list "the golden rules of baseball: don't have fun, don't pimp home runs, don't play with character. Those are white rules. Don't do anything fancy. Take it down a notch. Keep it all in the box."

— He wants to be present for his young family. His wife is expecting their fifth child. "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," he wrote. He said he will also devote time to reviving youth baseball in Sarasota. "It's what I can do, in the scheme of so much. So, I am," he wrote.

If MLB does not rule Desmond, 34, a "high-risk" player in terms of health, then he will forfeit about $5.5 million, the prorated portion of his 2020 salary that he would have made had he participated in MLB's 60-game regular season, and not accumulate service time. He has one year and an option remaining on his five-year, $70 million contract after this season.

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