Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond became the first major in baseball to decide not to play in the 2021 season.
The 35-year-old announced on Sunday on his Instagram account.
“In the last few months, I’ve had some tough conversations,” Desmond wrote. I asked myself many questions and thought a lot. So far, I have decided not to play in 2021. My desire to be with my family is greater than my desire to play baseball under these circumstances. I will continue to train, and I will follow what happens. ”
This is the second time Desmond chooses to skip a campaign, he did the same last year. Major League Baseball, like most professional leagues, allows athletes to opt out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2021, the Rockies representative was to play the final year of the contract and earn $ 8 million. An option in his contract allows him to receive $ 15 million in 2022 or $ 2 million if the Colorado club no longer wants his services.
“I talked to my teammates, as well as the coaching staff and staff. They have all been extremely understanding and supportive, Desmond said. I wish the Rockies the best, and I’m ready to do anything I can to help it. ”