Rockies’ Ian Desmond won’t play this season, citing family, coronavirus

Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond, saying he’s not comfortable with the risks involved with the COVID-19 pandemic, and citing the need to be with his young family, says he will not play major league baseball in 2020.

In a long, heartfelt Instagram post, Desmond talks about racial strife in America, lack of opportunity for young baseball players and his desire to be with his family.

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

He added: “With a pregnant wife and 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 form my wife, Chelsey. Home to help. Home to guide. Home to answer my older three boys’ questions about Coronavirus, Civil Rights and life. Home to be their dad.”

Desmond is in the fourth year of a five-year, $70 million contract with the Rockies. He was scheduled to make $15 million this season until the coronavirus shrunk the season to 60 games.

Rockies players are due to report to summer camp at Coors Field on Wednesday and are scheduled to begin practice on Friday or Saturday.


This story will be updated.