Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman, Joe Ross opt out of 2020 season

Ross Houston
July 1, 2020

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Mike Leake, 32, on Monday also announced his intention to sit out.

"They took countless factors into consideration, many of which are personal to him and his family".

While MLB is moving forward with its 2020 return to play plan, some recognizable names won't be taking part. He went 3-3 with a 4.35 earned-run average with Arizona and earned his first American League Gold Glove Award for his time with the Mariners. "This was not an easy decision for Mike".


"It definitely impacts us", Hazen said. In particular, the Minnesota Twins won't allow bullpen coach Bob McClure, who's 68, or major league coach Bill Evers, who's 66, to work games this year. To what extent it's going to impact us, it's hard to say.

Longtime infielder Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross elected not to play this season, the team announced Monday. "Of course I would love to pursue back-to-back titles".

The first dominoes in an uncertain baseball landscape fell on Monday afternoon as three players, including two from the defending World Champion Washington Nationals, opted out of the 2020 season due to health and safety concerns about COVID-19. "I think I would probably have a different answer if it was over 162 (games) as opposed to if it was over 60".


"When it comes down to it, it's a decision not just for me, but for my family as well", the two-time All-Star said.

"I have a 3-week-old baby, " Zimmerman wrote.

According to a statement released by the team Monday through Twitter, "Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross have decided not to participate in the 2020 season for the personal health and safety of themselves and loved ones". He told The Associated Press last week he was still undecided on whether to play.


The 27-year-old Ross has five seasons of major league experience and underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in 2017.

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