Colorado Rockies' Ian Desmond announces he won't play in 2020 MLB season in stirring Instagram post

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The Colorado Rockies’ Ian Desmond announced on social media Monday night that he is opting out of the 2020 Major League Baseball season.

At the end of a passionate Instagram post that also touched on police brutality, racial inequality and how it relates to baseball, Desmond revealed the reasoning behind his decision to not play in the abbreviated 60-game season.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season one that is a risk I am not comfortable taking,” Desmond wrote.

He continued: “With a pregnant wife and four young 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.”

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