Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond has chosen to not participate in the MLB's upcoming 60-game season.
In a powerful post to his Instagram page, the 34-year-old cited the COVID-19 Pandemic, along with the MLB's current labour war, racism, sexism, and homophobia within the league as reasons for sitting out. Desmond also urged the sport to improve its representation from the top down and do more to encourage Black children to play baseball growing up.
The full statement can be read here:
Desmond is now the fourth player to opt out of the MLB season, joining Mike Leake, Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross. The Sarasota, Florida native was set to participate in his fourth season with the Rockies, and 12th overall of his career.
Some powerful, powerful words. Best of luck to Ian as he attempts to get Sarasota Youth Baseball back on track.
(H/T Ian Desmond)