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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Rockies’ Ian Desmond opting out of playing in 2020, citing high risk amid pandemic

“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,’’ Desmond wrote. “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.’‘

Desmond, who grew up in Sarasota, Florida, made his major league debut with Washington in 2009. The two-time All-Star played for Texas for one season before signing with the Rockies.

In his Instagram post, Desmond said he has been sharing more of his thoughts and experiences as a biracial man since George Floyd’s death on May 25 in Minnesota. Floyd, a Black man, died after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for more than seven minutes.

Desmond said his mind started racing during a recent visit to the Sarasota baseball fields that he played on as a kid. He wrote about how they looked run down and neglected and how important youth baseball was for him growing up.

“Why can’t we support teaching the game to all kids—but especially those in underprivileged communities?’’ Desmond wrote. “Why aren’t accessible, affordable youth sports viewed as an essential opportunity to affect kids’ development, as opposed to money-making propositions and recruiting chances? It’s hard to wrap your head around it.’‘

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 30, 2020 at 09:37 AM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: June 30, 2020 at 01:22 PM (#5960376)
Wow, that's a pretty powerful post. Hope he's successful in getting a good program in place in Sarasota, and hopefully MLB does take a look at their relationships (or lack thereof) with youth leagues. All pro leagues, not just MLB really need to work on ensuring everyone has access.

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