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Ian Desmond won’t play the 2020 season

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On Instagram Monday evening, Rockies IF/OF Ian Desmond posted several images overlaid with text, mostly talking about his experience as a biracial man and issues of race in the U.S. At the end, however, Desmond announces he will be opting out of the 2020 season.

Desmond wrote:

The COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season once that is a risk I am not comfortable taking. But that doesn’t mean I’m leaving baseball behind for the year. I’ll be right here, at my old Little League, and I’m working with everyone involved to make sure we get Sarasota Youth Baseball back on track. It’s what I can do, in the scheme of so much. So, I am.

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.

The entire post is compelling and is worth a read.

Desmond is the fourth player to opt out of the 2020 season, joining Mike Leake, Joe Ross, and Ryan Zimmerman. The veteran has one more guaranteed year on his contract, earning $8 million in 2021. The Rockies hold a $15 million club option for 2022 with a $2 million buyout. Last season, his third in Colorado, Desmond hit .255/.310/.479 with 20 home runs and 65 RBI across 482 plate appearances.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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