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Sport Opinion: As Ryan Zimmerman and others opt out of 2020 MLB season, sport's new reality begins to settle in

03:15  30 june  2020
03:15  30 june  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Zimmerman announced Monday that he would opt out of the 2020 Major League Baseball season , which is set to begin July 23. He became the most prominent player to do so, joining his teammate Joe Ross and Mike Leake of the Arizona Diamondbacks, who also bowed out on Monday, days before a

Longtime infielder Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross are opting out of playing the 2020 season as Major League Baseball tries to get back amid the COVID-19 By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports Writer. Longtime infielder Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross elected not to play this season

For almost every athlete, there was no such thing as a cost-benefit analysis.

a baseball player holding a bat on a field: Ryan Zimmerman has spent his entire career with the Washington Nationals. © Richard Mackson, USA TODAY Sports Ryan Zimmerman has spent his entire career with the Washington Nationals.

After all, if you are skilled enough and worked hard enough and were paid well enough to compete at sports for a living, what was there to analyze?

Yet in this time of COVID-19, everything requires reexamination – including whether to play at all, and whether to walk away for good.

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Ryan Zimmerman opting out of the 2020 season was, on its own, not terribly surprising. He forecast his intentions in an ongoing diary for The Associated Press. He’s grossed $138 million in salary for his career, claimed a World Series championship months ago, has a mother who has long suffered from multiple sclerosis and a newborn child.

Athletes who have opted out of MLB, NBA and NHL seasons

  Athletes who have opted out of MLB, NBA and NHL seasons Athletes who have opted out of MLB, NBA and NHL seasons

Major League Baseball has decided to go ahead with plans for a 60-game 2020 season amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but some players are making the decision to not participate. First baseman Ryan Zimmerman and right-hander Joe Ross D-Backs pitcher opts out of 2020 season .

Ryan Zimmerman did not rule out returning to baseball in 2021. Veteran first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and starting pitcher Joe Ross of the Washington Nationals were among the first group of Major League Baseball players who have chosen to opt out of playing in 2020 because of concerns

Yet now that the first draft pick and original face of the Washington Nationals franchise is out, likely ending an excellent career, it begs the question.

How many more Zimmermans will we never see again?

Certainly, there are far weightier issues to ponder globally – with the novel coronavirus killing more than 500,000 – and even within the fairly meaningless world of sport, where leagues are putting their athletes at some risk merely to try and rake in as much cash from their television partners.

But perhaps nothing speaks better to the scope and seriousness of this pandemic than someone electively terminating their livelihood.

Oh, Zimmerman made a point to say he was not retiring. But he knows how limited the market will be in 2021 for a 36-year-old part-time first baseman. Same for Mike Leake, who will not pitch in 2020 for reasons he did not divulge but likely are family-related.

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Zimmerman , 35, clarified in a statement Monday that this does not mark the end of his 15-year Major League . For the first time in team history, the upcoming Nationals season will not include Ryan Zimmerman .

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Sports Writer. PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Mike Leake has opted out of the 2020 season due to concerns about the coronavirus. Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen did not elaborate on Leake' s decision during a Zoom call Monday but

And though their teams went to great lengths to respect their decisions, we all know how sports culture works. Grinding through is just #PartOfIt, and while there will be public proclamations of support, these athletes undoubtedly weighed how they’d be received going forward into their decision.

And still they walked away.

This concept is just getting started. We’ve already seen two prominent WNBA players, Chiney Ogwumike and Kristi Toliver, opt out. The NBA will bubble up next month without Avery Bradley, Trevor Ariza and others, and for the time being await the recoveries of COVID-19-positive players Nikola Jokic and Malcolm Brogdon.

The NFL’s great reckoning over money, work conditions and fans in the stands is still a month or so away, but the sport with perhaps the greatest potential for spread and already with the direst work conditions will certainly see its share of opt-outs.

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Major League Baseball is allowing players with preexisting medical conditions or compromised immune systems to opt out of the 2020 season . The National Hockey League says a total of 26 players have reported testing positive for the new coronavirus since voluntary workouts began June 8.

Longtime infielder Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross are opting out of playing the 2020 The defending World Series champion Nationals will begin their title defense without Zimmerman and Arizona's pitching depth took a hit even before the sport ' s second training period begins later this

But baseball has been particularly unkind to older players as franchises scrimp for every last nickel even as record revenues float their values into the multi-billions. The Nationals may have sentimental reasons to let Zimmerman return for a deferred victory lap, with fans hopefully in the stands, in 2021. Otherwise, he’s likely done.

Leake, even at 33, may find a job because it’s increasingly harder to find anyone to throw 190 or so competent innings. But dozens of others may quietly disappear once dispatched from MLB’s 30 “summer camps.”

Felix Hernandez, Jon Jay, Ubaldo Jimenez, Hunter Pence, Josh Harrison and Pablo Sandoval are among the familiar names that may have the uniform quietly peeled off them during an abbreviated “spring training,” or perhaps during what the league hopes is a 60-game season, or maybe when their phone doesn’t ring over what is expected to be a winter of much discontent within the game.

And then there are those who, for the moment, are willfully turning theirs in. It is an admirable, if startling act during a period in sports history we are only now beginning to comprehend.

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Washington Nationals’ first baseman Ryan Zimmerman has been keeping a diary for the Associated Press. Zimmerman notes that he has a three-week-old baby. Also, his mother has multiple sclerosis. In light of that it’ s understandable that he’ s wrestling with the decision as to whether to play or not.

Sports . Nats’ Ryan Zimmerman , Joe Ross among first MLB players to opt out of 2020 s Days before training camp is scheduled to begin at their stadium in Southeast, the Washington Nationals Zimmerman announced via social media he would be sitting out with the safety of his three young

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Opinion: As Ryan Zimmerman and others opt out of 2020 MLB season, sport's new reality begins to settle in

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