Rockies throw their support behind Ian Desmond’s decision to opt out of 2020 season

The Rockies have Ian Desmond’s back.

A day after the veteran outfielder posted an honest and moving Instagram post announcing that he would not play baseball this season while the coronavirus still rages, Desmond’s teammates threw their support behind him.

“He means a lot to our team and we will miss him,” all-star shortstop Trevor Story said Tuesday. “He has our full support. He will still play a big part of what we do this year, I know that.”

Added star third baseman Nolan Arenado: “I talked to Ian and he told me this was his decision a couple days ago. I respect Ian. I always have and I respect his decision. Whatever you feel in your heart, do it.”

Desmond, 34, opened up about many topics — including racism in America and the problems within baseball’s culture — in his nine-page Instagram post.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season one that is a risk I am not comfortable taking,” he wrote. “But that doesn’t mean I’m leaving baseball behind for the year. I’ll be right here, at my old Little League, and I’m working with everyone involved to make sure we get Sarasota (Fla.) Youth Baseball back on track.

“With a pregnant wife and four children who have lots of questions about what’s going on in the world, home is where I need to be right now. 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.”

General manager Jeff Bridich, who had two conversations with Desmond leading up to Desmond’s announcement, called Desmond’s decision “heartfelt.”

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“I did not know that Ian was going to write something as thoughtful and comprehensive as that,” Bridich said. “But I’m not surprised. He put a lot of thought into that and talked to a lot of people about the decision he and his family wanted to make.”

Because Desmond is not considered to be a “high-risk” player, he will not receive his prorated pay for the 60-game season ($5.5 million of his $15 million salary) or accrue service time. This is the fourth year of his five-year, $70 million contract with the …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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