Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond will choose not to play in the 2020 MLB season. He provided a thoughtful explanation of his decision-making process in an announcement on Instagram:
Desmond explains the following "
The COVID-9 pandemic has made this baseball season a risk that I'm not comfortable with. "
He says he is forced to stay home because of his family:
I have a pregnant wife and four small children who have many questions about what is happening 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) as long as he doesn't play this year. He offered no indication of his future plans to return to the diamond.
Desmond's announcement is an essential read for all baseball fans. It is a powerful call to action to deal with dazzling inequity in the game, from the lowest levels to the highest.
The 34-year-old Desmond thus joined Mike Leake and Joe Ross, pitchers for the Arizona D-backs and Washington Nationals (respectively), in saying NO to the upcoming MLB season.