The MLB is expected to open its 2020 season on July 23, after a training period of approximately three weeks, which is expected to begin on July 3 at the clubs' national parks.
Players are individually deciding whether to enter the field this year, while the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to infect a large number of people in the U.S. MLB and the MLB Players Association has agreed to more than 100 pages of health and safety protocols The goal is to keep team personnel safe, but players continue to test positive for the virus.
Baseball is allowing "high risk" players to choose not to play and not to lose their season wages or length of service. Players who are not considered to be at high risk may also choose not to participate, but will lose their salaries and will not accumulate service time.
Several players have already announced that they will be out of the season instead of risking getting sick. Here is an ongoing list of MLB players who will not be adapting in 2020.
Mike Leake, RHP, Diamondbacks
Leake was the first player to withdraw. His agent, Danny Horwits, said in a statement on June 29 (by MLB.com) that Leake made his decision after talking to his family. "They took a number of factors into account, many of which are personal to him and his family," said Horwits.
Leake, 32, is losing about $ 5 million in salary, the amount he would have earned in the planned 60-game MLB season. He will become a free agent in the offseason if D-backs refuse his $ 18 million club option for 2021 and pay a $ 5 million purchase.
Ryan Zimmerman, 1B, National
The oldest player in Washington also cited family concerns in his decision to stay away.
"(G) Due to my family's circumstances – three young children, including a newborn and a mother at high risk -, I decided not to participate in the 2020 season," Zimmerman said in a statement. launched by nationals on June 29.
Zimmerman, 35, said he will not retire, but he also has not decided baseball's future after 2020. He returned for another year last season after Nacional won the World Series. He was supposed to win $ 740,000 in the reduced season, by cradle baseball contracts.
Joe Ross, RHP, National
Ross, 27, was in the running to be number 5 in Washington. Now, he will lose $ 555,556, per Cot (or roughly the MLB minimum wage) and the 67 days of service he would have accumulated. The Washington Post noted that the loss of days will push Ross's free agency eligibility after the 2022 season.
"We are one hundred percent in favor of their decision not to play this year," National General Manager Mike Rizzo said of Zimmerman and Ross in a statement.
Ian Desmond, OF, Rocky Mountains
Desmond, 34, said in an Instagram post on June 29 that he is opting for two reasons: a desire to be with his family (his wife is pregnant with their fifth child) and his anguish as a biracial man because of racial injustice. He said he will use his free time to relive youth baseball in his hometown of Sarasota, Florida.
"It's what I can do, in the scheme of so many things. So, I am," he wrote.
Your decision will cost you US $ 5.55 million, per cradleand length of service. He still has another year, plus an option, to fulfill his five-year, $ 70 million contract.