Jun 30, 2020 3:15 PM

Rockies outfielder cites COVID-19, racism, sexism among reasons to sit out season

Posted Jun 30, 2020 3:15 PM

(AP) Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond plans to sit out this season to be with his family and help grow youth baseball in his hometown in Florida. The 34-year-old Desmond wrote on Instagram that the “COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season one that is a risk I am not comfortable taking.”

But the biracial slugger also mentioned a myriad of issues within baseball, including racism, sexism, homophobia and socioeconomic concerns. Desmond hit .255 with 20 homers in 140 games last season.