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Sports Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman sitting out 2020 season: 'Best decision for me and my family'

00:01  01 july  2020
00:01  01 july  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

Nationals' Zimmerman and Ross opting out of MLB season

  Nationals' Zimmerman and Ross opting out of MLB season The Washington Nationals will try to defend their World Series title without at least two holdovers from last year's team, including one of the faces of the franchise. Longtime infielder Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross elected not to play this season, the team announced Monday. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Major League Baseball is attempting to start a 60-game season in late July. General manager Mike Rizzo said Zimmerman and Ross are opting out for the safety of themselves and their families. “We are 100 per cent supportive of their decision to not play this year,” Rizzo said. “We will miss their presence in the clubhouse and their contributions on the field.

Mr. Washington National , Ryan Zimmerman , has decided against playing during the abbreviated 2020 MLB season . I cannot speak for anyone else, but given the unusual nature of the season , this is the best decision for me and my family , and I truly appreciate the organization’s understanding

Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman has decided to opt out of the 2020 MLB season . "After a great deal of thought and given my family circumstances - three young "When it comes down to it, it's a decision not just for me , but for my family as well ," the two-time All-Star said.

There has long been fear and trepidation among Major League Baseball players about getting back to playing in 2020.

On Monday, several players including veteran infielder Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals announced that it simply isn’t worth the risk.

"After a great deal of thought and given my family circumstances – three young children, including a newborn, and a mother at high risk – I have decided not to participate in the 2020 season," Zimmerman said in a statement.

AP source: Yankees vs champ Nationals in DC on opening day

  AP source: Yankees vs champ Nationals in DC on opening day NEW YORK — Gerrit Cole could make his New York Yankees debut in a tasty opening-day treat for fans, facing Juan Soto and World Series champion Washington at Nationals Park. The Yankees and Nationals are set meet when the virus-delayed season begins next month, a person familiar with the game told The Associated Press on Saturday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there hasn’t been an official announcement. The New York Post first reported the matchup. MLB will start a 60-game season on July 23 or 24. The schedule is still being worked out -- there could be a game or two on the first day of play, or a full slate.

Zimmerman , a pillar of the Nationals ’ World Series-winning team, will skip the season , citing personal and family safety. Desmond of the Rockies “I cannot speak for anyone else, but given the unusual nature of the season , this is the best decision for me and my family ,” Zimmerman , a first baseman

Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross of the reigning World Series champion Washington Nationals , Mike Leake of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Ian Zimmerman expressed regret he would not be able to attempt to win back-to-back titles but said this was "the best decision for me and my family ."

a baseball player holding a bat on a field: Zimmerman helped the Nationals win the World Series in 2019. © Jim Rassol, USA TODAY Sports Zimmerman helped the Nationals win the World Series in 2019.

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“I cannot speak for anyone else, but given the unusual nature of the season, this is the best decision for me and my family."

Zimmerman's teammate, pitcher Joe Ross, also announced that he will be opting out.

"We are one hundred percent supportive of their decision to not play this year," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Monday.

The news from the Nationals organization came shortly after Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Mike Leake said he wouldn't be playing in 2020.

The 35-year-old Zimmerman, who has been with the Nationals since 2005, had been hinting for weeks that he might sit the year out.

Giants star catcher Posey out this year over virus concerns

  Giants star catcher Posey out this year over virus concerns SAN FRANCISCO — Giants star catcher Buster Posey became the latest big-name player to skip this season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, announcing his decision Friday. The six-time All-Star said his family finalized the adoption of identical twin girls this week. The babies were born prematurely and Posey said after consultations with his wife and doctor he decided to opt out of the season. Posey had missed three San Francisco practices while dealing with a personal issue.

Longtime infielder Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross elected not to play this season , the I cannot speak for anyone else, but given the unusual nature of the season , this is the best decision for me and my family .” In the 10th installment last week, he expressed concerns about playing in 2020 .

Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross are opting out of the 2020 season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic "for I cannot speak for anyone else, but given the unusual nature of the season , this is the best decision for me and my family , and I truly appreciate

“There's a lot of factors that I and others have to consider,’’ Zimmerman told the Associated Press last week. “I don't think there's a right or wrong answer; it's everybody's individual choice. At the end of the day, does a player feel comfortable going to the field every day and, in my case, more importantly, feel comfortable coming home every day and feel like they're not putting anyone else in danger?"

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman sitting out 2020 season: 'Best decision for me and my family'

Dodgers pitcher Price won't play this year because of virus .
Dodgers pitcher David Price will not play this season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, delaying his Los Angeles debut until next year. The five-time All-Star became the latest player to opt out, posting Saturday on Twitter that he wouldn’t participate in the 60-game season that’s scheduled to begin July 23. “After considerable thought and discussion with my family and the Dodgers, I have decided it is in the best interest of my health and my family’s health for me to not play this season,” he said. Price’s announcement came a day after Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout said he wasn’t “comfortable” with the current climate and might not play.

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