Rocky outfielder Ian Desmond used long, hearty Instagram post announce that he refuses to restart the MLB.
Outfielder who became fourth MLB player to skip 2020 season on Monday referred to the fact that he does not like the risks associated with coronavirus and the need to be with his young family.
“With a pregnant wife and four young children who have a lot of questions about what is happening in the world, I need to be at home right now,” Desmond wrote, who would have lost about $ 405,000 in the form of a proportional salary without playing. “Home for my wife, Chelsea. Home to help. Home for guidance. Home to answer questions from my elder three boys about Coronavirus, Civil Rights and Life. Home to be their father.
In this post, Desmond, who is a racist, also touched on the murder of George Floyd, the problems of race and social inequality in America, from which, in his opinion, baseball is not safe.
“In club houses, we have racist, sexist, homophobic jokes or crazy problems,” Desmond writes. “We have a fraud. We have a minority problem from top to bottom. One African American grandmaster. Two african american managers. Less than 8% black players. No black team owners. ”
The 34-year-old Desmond joins Ryan Zimmerman, Joe Ross and Mike Lick from Almazback as the first players to declare that they will not play in 2020. Last season, he won .285 with 20 homers in 140 games for Colorado.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season so that I feel out of place,” Desmond writes.