Some MLB players opting out of season, but all Red Sox will be reporting

Rob Bradford
June 30, 2020 - 9:04 am
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One of the first reminders that this is going to be anything but an ordinary Major League Baseball season came Monday.

Three players -- Washington's Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross, along with Ian Desmond of Colorado -- announced they wouldn't be participating in the upcoming 2020 season due to concerns over COVID-19.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season one that is a risk I am not comfortable taking," wrote Desmond, adding, ""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.''

As for the Red Sox, it appears as though all the players on their recently-submitted roster will be in attendance for Wednesday's first day.

“I don’t know any of our guys who are on the fence about playing. They’ve told me that they’re ready to go,” Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke said on a Zoom call Monday. “Is there a couple guys that are concerned? Yeah, there is. But as far as I know, what they’ve told me from today, yesterday, the day before, I expect everybody to come in."

Former Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly recently offered some insight to why a player may or may not choose to play, citing devotion to his teammates as the reason for his return despite having jus welcomed twins into his family.