Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond announced Monday on Instagram that he is opting out of the 2020 MLB season.
The 34-year-old stated that he will stay at home with his family rather than put himself at risk in order to play baseball.
“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,” Desmond wrote at the conclusion of a lengthy post discussing his life, baseball’s accessibility, the ongoing health crisis, and racial disparity.
“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.”