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Brock Holt is brutally honest about why he won't opt out of MLB season

Brock Holt is brutally honest about why he won't opt out of MLB season

Some players already have pulled out of the 2020 Major League Baseball season, and others may soon do the same.

But some don't have the luxury of deciding whether they'll play this year.

Brock Holt offered some perspective Tuesday as a member of that last group. During a Zoom call with Milwaukee reporters, the former Boston Red Sox utility man bluntly explained why he intends to play for the Brewers this season after signing a one-year contract with the team.

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"I’m not in a position to opt out of a season," Holt said, via WEEI's Rob Bradford. "I feel like if I didn’t play this year, my baseball career would be over. If I didn’t play, it would be hard for me to find a job next year."

Holt is being modest -- the 32-year-old hit .297 over 87 games for the Red Sox last season and probably could latch on somewhere -- but his point is well-taken. For every David Price, Ian Desmond and Ryan Zimmerman who have opted out of the season (for perfectly valid reasons), there are far more players on roster fringes who need to keep playing to earn a paycheck -- even if that means putting themselves and their families at risk amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"I signed a contract to play for the Brewers and the Brewers are playing baseball, so it was never a consideration (to opt out)," Holt said. "If I was in a different situation contractually, it’s definitely something I would have considered with my wife being pregnant."

Holt's wife, Lakyn, is pregnant with the couple's second child, and if he had the luxury of a guaranteed contract through the following season, he may have considered staying home with her and their three-year-old son, Griffin. Instead, Holt will spend three months away from his family during MLB's 60-game season.

"It’s a sacrifice we had to make," Holt added. "A lot of us are making that sacrifice. Hopefully, time flies and everything goes smoothly with her pregnancy, but until I see them again it will be (talking via) FaceTime."

Red Sox' Alex Verdugo robs home run, celebrates with awesome reaction

Red Sox' Alex Verdugo robs home run, celebrates with awesome reaction

Alex Verdugo made best play of his young Boston Red Sox career Friday night, and he was well aware of it.

With the Red Sox leading the Blue Jays by two runs in the ninth inning, Verdugo leaped in front of the right field bullpen at Fenway Park to rob Toronto's Travis Shaw of a home run.

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The play was impressive in its own right, but the 24-year-old outfielder punctuated it with a great reaction.

Verdugo's scream of celebration was audible on the game broadcast (even above the fake crowd noise), a sign of just how fired up he was about the catch.

"I would say I’ve never screamed like that before,” Verdugo said after Boston's 5-3 win, via the Associated Press. “I used to be a pitcher back in the day. I was pretty hyped up."

Verdugo had two other reasons to be hyped up: He also blasted a pair of solo home runs, giving him three on the young season and earning a spot alongside legendary left-handed slugger Mo Vaughn.

The Red Sox aren't expected to make much noise this season, but it appears the former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder will do his best to raise the decibel level.

Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Highlights: Alex Verdugo homers twice in Boston's second straight win

Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Highlights: Alex Verdugo homers twice in Boston's second straight win

FINAL SCORE: Boston Red Sox 5, Toronto Blue Jays 3

IN BRIEF: Alex Verdugo homered twice and Mitch Moreland added one of his own in the Red Sox' win over the Blue Jays on Friday night. The Red Sox capitalized on a woeful outing from Blue Jays starter Tanner Roark, who walked five batters and allowed four runs in three innings pitched.

Sox starter Ryan Weber allowed two runs in three innings, then the bullpen put together an admirable effort to preserve the lead.

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BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 5-8

HIGHLIGHTS

Well, that escalated quickly

Verdugo's first Fenway homer

Moreland's two-run shot

Vlad Jr. brings Jays within one

Homer No. 2 for Verdugo...

...and then he robs one!

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