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Sport Rockies’ Ian Desmond announces he won’t play this season in moving post: ‘Home is where I need to be’

15:50  30 june  2020
15:50  30 june  2020 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

Rockies GM supports Desmond's decision to skip '20 season

  Rockies GM supports Desmond's decision to skip '20 season DENVER (AP) — Colorado Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich says he supports Ian Desmond’s decision to sit out the 2020 season to focus on his young family and help rejuvenate youth baseball in his hometown in Florida. Bridich says he had a pair of recent conversations with the 34-year-old outfielder who announced his decision in a lengthy and heartfelt Instagram post Monday night. Desmond wrote that the “COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season one that is a risk I am not comfortable taking.

Where it is clear they were taken as trophies of war and however well you rewrite labels and re-tell history, you're not going to be able to tell a story other than one about Rockies ’ Ian Desmond announces he won ’ t play this season in moving post : ‘ Home is where I need to be ’. Yahoo Sports.

Desmond certainly sounded like he ’s ready to play that part. “Over pretty much my whole career, I didn’ t label myself as Desmond said the Rockies were a team he has targeted ever since he left the Washington Nationals as a free Patrick Saunders covers the Colorado Rockies for The Denver Post .

Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond announced that he will not play this season on Monday night in a deep, lengthy social media post.

a man standing on a baseball field: Colorado Rockies center fielder Ian Desmond will not play this season amid the COVID-19 pandemic, massive Black Lives Matter movement. (Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire/Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Colorado Rockies center fielder Ian Desmond will not play this season amid the COVID-19 pandemic, massive Black Lives Matter movement. (Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire/Getty Images)

Desmond, in a nine-slide carousel on Instagram, explained that due to both the COVID-19 pandemic and the massive Black Lives Matter movement happening across the country, he isn’t needed out on a baseball field. 

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Rockies GM supports Desmond's decision to skip '20 season

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Ian Desmond (20) of the Colorado Rockies looks to the outfield during batting practice before a They can’ t afford for Desmond to be bad. But that million salary affords Desmond no excuses. Denver Post sports columnist Mark Kiszla answered questions about all things Denver sports in a live

“ He ’s certainly athletic enough to play there, and I didn’ t see any issues with him moving to center to begin As the center field starter in during his all-star campaign in Texas in 2016, Desmond posted a .971 But Desmond said he ’s grown a lot as a player since he arrived in Denver, and cited the culture of Overall, he ’s played 133 games in center across three seasons in his ten-year MLB career.

He’s needed at home with his family.

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“The COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season one that is a risk I am not comfortable taking,” Desmond wrote on the final slide. “But that doesn’t mean I’m leaving baseball behind for the year. I’ll be right here, at my old Little League, and I’m working with everyone involved to make sure we get Sarasota Youth Baseball back on track. It’s what I can do, in the scheme of so much. So, I am.

“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. 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.”

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It could be that Ian Desmond , who’ll make million this season as Colorado’s highest-paid player , will take over first base. 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

Ian Desmond , a former shortstop and most recently the Rockies ' primary first baseman, is preparing for his next assignment: patrolling the wide-open spaces “ I think I have played three games in center at Coors Field — ever — so it’s going to be an adjustment period of trying to figure things out,” he

Desmond’s announcement was part of a long story about his time playing youth baseball in Sarasota, Florida — something he’s vowed to help fix — and the intense racism he’s faced as a biracial man growing up in the United States. 

He also touched on the lack of diversity in Major League Baseball, as well as cheating, sexism, homophobia and labor disputes surrounding the sport. 

“Think about it,” he wrote. “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. One African American GM. Two African American managers. less than eight percent 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.

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Rockies ’ Ian Desmond said Sunday that he anticipates he ’ll be primarily a left fielder in 2018. Desmond , who will make a team-high million this season , wants to put a trying 2017 season in He also made it clear that Desmond will see a lot of playing time, whether that ’s at first base or left

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“If baseball is America’s pastime, maybe it’s never been a more fitting one than now.”

Desmond is just the latest player to opt-out of MLB’s 60-game season. Veteran Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Mike Leake was the first to opt-out on Monday, and was quickly joined by Washington Nationals stars Joe Ross and Ryan Zimmerman. 

Desmond, 34, is in the fourth year of his five-year, $70 million deal with the Rockies. Players are due to report to camp in Denver on Wednesday.

There were more than 2.6 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States as of Monday night, according to The New York Times, and more than 126,000 deaths attributed to it. Colorado had more than 32,000 cases, the overwhelming majority of which were in the Denver area.

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