The 2020 Major League Baseball season is going to be... different to say the least. The shortened 60-game season has proven to not be worth it for some players, and a member of the San Francisco Giants made that difficult decision today.
Giants catcher Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 season, the team announced Friday, and it appears they're fully supportive of his decision.
According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, Posey's decision was an easy one as he and his wife adopted premature twins yesterday. They also have 8-year-old twins and the premature babies are just 32 weeks old.
Buster Posey and his wife, who already had 8-year-old twins, just adopted premature-born twins yesterday and simply couldn't take the health risk.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 10, 2020
As for who could fill in for Posey, Aramis Garcia and Joey Bart both are options.
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher David Price, Nationals star Ryan Zimmerman, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Mike Leake and Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond also announced they won't be competing in 2020.
That's not all, either. MLB's biggest star, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout, is considering opting out because he and his wife Jessica are expecting their first child to be born in August. The three-time MVP doesn't want to risk getting his wife or child sick and is uncomfortable returning to the field with the rising number of coronavirus cases in many states.
Trout also has been in contact with various players around the league, and all are thinking the same thing he is: "Is this gonna work?"
After Monday's issues, that is certainly a fair question.
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