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Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond used an extended, heartfelt Instagram submit to announce he was opting out of MLB’s restart.

The outfielder who grew to become the fourth MLB participant to skip the 2020 season on Monday, cited being uncomfortable with dangers surrounding coronavirus and the must be together with his younger household.

“With a pregnant spouse and 4 younger kids who’ve a number of questions on what’s occurring on the earth, house is the place I must be proper now,” wrote Desmond, who can be forfeiting round $405,000 in prorated wage by not enjoying. “Dwelling for my spouse, Chelsey. Dwelling to assist. Dwelling to information. Dwelling to reply my older three boys’ questions on Coronavirus, Civil Rights and life. Dwelling to be their dad.”

Within the submit, Desmond — who’s biracial — additionally touched on the killing of George Floyd, the problem of race and the social inequality in America, one thing he believes baseball shouldn’t be immune from.

“In clubhouses we’ve acquired racist, sexist, homophobic jokes or flat-out issues,” Desmond wrote. “We’ve acquired dishonest. We’ve acquired a minority concern from the highest down. One African American GM. Two African American managers. Lower than 8% Black gamers. No Black majority group house owners.”

The 34-year-old Desmond joins the Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross and the Diamondbacks’ Mike Leake as the primary gamers to say they won’t play in 2020. He hit .255 with 20 homers in 140 video games final season for Colorado.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season one that may be a danger that I’m not comfy taking,” Desmond wrote.

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Carlos Correa making odd request of wife to stay safe from COVID-19 during MLB season

Carlos Correa (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

MLB players have to go above and beyond to stay safe during the COVID-19 shortened MLB season.

As if the Houston Astros didn’t have enough drama to deal with entering the MLB season, Carlos Correa just came after salons everywhere. The Astros infielder understands the challenges MLB players face this coming season, as they aim to complete a shortened schedule while also keeping their friends and families safe from COVID-19. The other side of that risk is avoiding bringing the virus into the locker room.

Unlike in the other major sports, the MLB season won’t be played in a bubble of sorts, so it’s tough to minimize risk. Correa spoke directly to this point, stating that he (and even his wife) would have to take precaution.

Carlos Correa and his wife are being extra safe to avoid contracting COVID-19 during the MLB season.

At a press conference, Correa claimed that he’s asked his wife to avoid going to public places, such as the salon, during the season.

“It’s up to us players what we do when we leave the stadium. I feel like if u go home there’s a really low chance that u can contract COVID. My wife she knows, no getting her nails done, no getting her hair done right now,” Correa said.

The pandemic has rightfully moved us past what was an entertaining offseason storyline involving the Astros sign-stealing scandal, and how players on rival teams would react to such news. The Astros, previously at risk of receiving the vitriol of every fanbase, now only have to worry about their opposition. MLB has taken initial steps to dissuade conflict between teams, as close contract is prohibited, and that should benefit the Astros immensely.

Rising COVID-19 cases in Texas make Correa’s rather extreme actions unfortunately appropriate. If baseball is to occur, everyone needs to pitch in, even the family members of the game’s greatest stars.

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