Six-time All-Star and 2012 NL MVP Buster Posey has opted out of playing the 2020 MLB season, the Giants catcher told reporters on a Zoom call Friday. He’s the 11th player to decide not to play in the abbreviated season MLB is holding amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Posey and his wife, Kristen, recently adopted identical twin girls who were born prematurely and are expected to be in a neonatal intensive care unit for some time. The three-time World Series champion spent the last few days away from training camp while he deliberated the decision.
Other former All-Stars such as Felix Hernandez, David Price, Nick Markakis and Ian Desmond announced their decisions to opt out over the last three weeks. The Nationals have had three players—Ryan Zimmerman, Joe Ross and Welington Castillo—opt out of the season, the most of any team so far.
“I don’t condone anybody from making decisions that they feel they need to make,” Nationals manager Davey Martinez said in a Zoom press conference Friday. “I’m sure that Posey really thought about it and he tried it and felt like he couldn’t do it. Hey, to each his own. That’s the way he felt and we don’t hold that against him.”
As the summer progresses, the number of players who opt out will be a defining statistic that will determine the legitimacy of the 2020 season. MLB and the players union issued a joint report Friday that found that 83 of the 11,149 samples (0.2%) of “Covered Individuals” have tested positive for the coronavirus.
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