Diamondbacks pitcher Mike Leake opting out of 2020 season

Ross Houston
July 1, 2020

Arizona Diamondbacks correct-handed pitcher Mike Leake also has decided not to engage in this season, according to a assertion from his agent.

The former Arizona State ace joined the Diamondbacks midway through the 2019 season in a trade from Seattle.

"Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross have made the decision not to take part in the 2020 time for the personal wellness and protection of on their own and their liked ones", Mike Rizzo, Nationals Typical Supervisor, mentioned in a assertion.


Major League Baseball and the players' union agreed to a shortened 2020 season that will consist of 60 games starting July 23.

"We are one hundred percent supporting his decision not to play this year. I can not speak for anyone else, but given the unusual nature of the season, this is the best decision for me and my family".

"During this global pandemic, Mike and his family had many discussions about playing this season", Leake's agent, Danny Horwitz, said in a statement on Monday. Immediately after complete consideration, he has selected to choose out of participating in in 2020. Whether Leake will be credited with service time and pay this year if he's opting out for COVID-19 health concerns, Hazen didn't want to comment without fully understanding the specifics at this time. This was not an easy decision for Mike.


Horwits additional that Leake is looking forward to joining his crew once again in 2021.

Players will earn prorated salaries for the 60-game season. Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley explained to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski very last week that he is opting out of playing the remainder of the National Basketball Association season when it resumes play in Florida. And at the age of 35, he wanted to clarify the decision to not play in the upcoming season does not mean he's retiring.

Zimmerman specifically has worries for his mother, Cheryl, who has multiple sclerosis and his three young children, one in whom is a newborn. He's still deciding on his future beyond this season. "It's kind of shown me that I'll be OK, either way: Whether I continue past 2020 or not, I'll be great whenever I retire". He holds most of the team's career hitting records, and his two homers and seven RBI last postseason helped Washington win its first World Series title.


Ross is a 27-year-old righthander with five years of major league experience, all with Washington.

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