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Rockies OF Ian Desmond to Sit Out 2020 Season Due to COVID-19 Concerns

Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond announced on Monday he will sit out the 2020 season, citing family concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Desmond's post also included his "thoughts and experiences as a biracial man in America," noting his responsibility to answer questions from his children regarding "coronavirus and civil rights and life."

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