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Ian Desmond announced that he will not play this season with the Colorado Rockies by deciding to stay with his family and help improve the children’s baseball program in his hometown in Florida.

The 34-year-old outfielder posted Monday on Instagram that “the COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season a risk I am not willing to take.

But the biracial slugger also mentioned a host of problems within baseball, including racism, sexism, homophobia, and socioeconomic issues.

“With a pregnant wife and four young children with many questions about what is happening in the world, my house is the place where I need to be now,” Desmond wrote. “At home for my wife, Chelsey. At home to help. At home to guide. At home to answer the questions of the three elders about the coronavirus, civil rights and life. At home to be her dad. ”

Desmond, who hit .255 with 20 home runs in 140 games last year, was due to receive about $ 5.5 million from the prorated portion of his $ 15 million salary and is part of his $ 70 million, five-year contract. He still has $ 8 million next year, and the deal includes a team option of $ 15 million by 2022 and a $ 2 million termination.

He clarified that he has been sharing his thoughts and experiences as a biracial man since George Floyd’s death in Minnesota on May 25.

Desmond said he began to see things differently after a recent visit to a Sarasota baseball diamond where he played as a child. He wrote that he thought it was sloppy and mentioned how important children’s baseball was growing up.

He said he wants to help get Sarasota’s youth baseball program back.

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Watch baseball star Masahiro Tanaka take sickening blow to the head after monster swing from Giancarlo Stanton

MAJOR League Baseball star Masahiro Tanaka was floored by this stunning smash from Giancarlo Stanto.

The New York Yankees pitcher was knocked sparko by the line drive from his team-mate as a warm-up friendly match.

Get well soon, Masahiro Tanaka.

MLB Tonight reacts to his injury today at Yankee Stadium.

— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) July 4, 2020

Yankees were holding their first official summer camp as the sport tries to get back up and running after the coronavirus outbreak.

The terrifying incident took place just minutes into live batting practice and caused right-hander Tanaka to collapse on the ground for around five minutes before he was able to sit up.  

Tanaka's hat flew off and he immediately collapsed to the ground, holding his head in clear agony at the Yankee Stadium. 

Stanton also held his head as he feared for Tanaka, 31, following his huge hit.

Trainers were immediately onto the scene and treated the pitcher.

Medics were concerned about Tanaka's sight.

He was walked off the field after some attention.

Yankees star Aaron Judge repeatedly waved behind home plate and asked a video journalist to stop taking images.

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Stanton, 30, is no stranger to injuries on the pitch himself.

He had his jaw broken by a high fastball in 2014.

There is no update on Japanese pitcher Tanaka's health following the accident on Friday.

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