Rockies GM supports Desmond's decision to skip 2020 season

Ross Houston
July 2, 2020

Desmond wrote that the "COVID-19 pandemic has designed this baseball season one that is a threat I am not comfy taking".

Desmond, a two-time All-Star, said he is sitting out to be with his family during the COVID-19 pandemic, but shared a message about inclusion in baseball and the U.S.

In a lengthy, heartfelt Instagram put up revealed Monday night time, Desmond, 34, talked about racial strife in The usa, deficiency of option for younger baseball gamers and his need to be with his household. At home to answer questions from my three older children about the coronavirus, civil rights, and life. No longer comfortable as the stoic baseball player dutifully falling in line behind the unwritten rules, Desmond talked about his newfound responsibility. "It's what I can do, in the scheme of so much".

Desmond wrote that he recently went back to the Little League fields he grew up playing on in Sarasota, Florida, and found them to be run down and neglected. "Home to be their dad".


'Right now in baseball we've got a labor war, ' he wrote. In clubhouses we've got racist, sexist, homophobic jokes or flat-out problems.

In his time in Washington, as Doolittle referenced, Desmond was actively involved in the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy and served on the academy's board when it opened in 2014. That's not something that we all realize is a necessity because we get it and take it for granted. One African American GM. Less than 8 percent Black players.

"If what Dick Lee knew to be true remains so - that baseball is about passing on what we've learned to those who come after us in hopes of bettering the future for others - then it seems to me that America's pastime is failing to do what it could, just like the country it entertains". "No Black majority team owners", he wrote.

Desmond, who hit.255 with 20 homers in 140 online games last period, experienced been thanks $5,555,556 for the prorated share of his $15 million wage, element of a $70 million, 5-yr agreement.


Ian Desmond isn't the only Major League Baseball player who is going to miss the 2020 season.

Kemp owns a stellar.327 batting average with 21 home runs and 77 RBIs over 86 career games at Denver's downtown ballpark.

At the end of his post, Desmond noted that although he is sitting out the 2020 season, he will still be out in his community, helping Sarasota Youth Baseball get "back on track" and be more accessible to children.


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