Some Major League Baseball players decided to opt out of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, and now they're probably glad they chose to do so.
Following an outbreak of the coronavirus in the Miami Marlins organization, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher David Price decided to reveal part of the reason why he decided to not play in 2020.
Now we REALLY get to see if MLB is going to put players health first. Remember when Manfred said players health was PARAMOUNT?! Part of the reason I’m at home right now is because players health wasn’t being put first. I can see that hasn’t changed.— David Price (@DAVIDprice24) July 27, 2020
Fourteen members of the Marlins organization tested positive for COVID-19 over the past two days, and more could potentially be infected. Miami played Philadelphia on Sunday, and there's potential that the Phillies also end up with a coronavirus outbreak in the clubhouse.
Nothing is certain in 2020, and quite frankly, MLB is in some serious trouble.
While the league reportedly has no intention of canceling the 2020 season, more players may begin to opt out following the Marlins' outbreak.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout has a pregnant wife who will be giving birth next month to their first child, and he was just one of many players weighing the pros and cons of playing baseball amid the pandemic.
Ian Desmond, Ryan Zimmerman, Mike Leake, Nick Markakis and Buster Posey are among the players who already have opted out. If more decided to forego the 2020 season, then baseball may be a lost cause.