Rockies Outfielder Ian Desmond will withdraw from the 2020 MLB season. He provided a thoughtful explanation of his decision-making process in an ad on Instagram.
Desmond explains that “the COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season a risk that I am not comfortable taking.” He says he is forced to stay at home “with a pregnant woman and four young children who have a lot of questions about what’s going on in the world”.
Fortunately for all of us who care about the future of the game, the highly respected Desmond says he intends to work with his local little league (in Sarasota, Florida) while he isn’t playing this year. He gave no indication of his future plans to return to diamonds.
Desmond’s announcement is essential reading for all baseball fans. It is a powerful call to action to address the glaring inequalities in the game, from its lowest level to its highest level.
Three other big leaguers preceded Desmond by announcing that they would not participate in the 2020 season. No doubt others will follow. It is not known if Desmond had a personal medical problem that would allow him to retire while increasing salary and hours of service. Otherwise, he will forgo a proportionate portion of his salary of $ 15 million for the year. It remains under contract with the Rockies until 2021; the club also controlled it in 2022 via the club option.