The Washington Nationals will try to defend their World Series title without retaining at least two from last year’s squad, including one of the faces of the franchise.
Longtime infielders Ryan Zimmerman and Cols Joe Ross have chosen not to play this season, the team announced on Monday. Major League Baseball is trying to start a 600-game season in late July amid the Covid-19 epidemic.
General Manager Mike Rizzo says Zimmerman and Ross are choosing to protect themselves and their families.
“We are 100% supportive of their decision not to play this year. We will miss their presence at the clubhouse and their contribution on the field,” Rizo said.
Zimmerman Sala received 7 740,741 and Ross $ 555,556 as an estimated portion of their salary, basically প্রথম 2 million for the first baseman and 1.5 1.5 million for the pitcher. Players considered high risk are only paid if they opt out.
Zimmerman, who said last week that he had been unharmed, finally said his family situation made him unable to play. Her mother is at high risk for complications from the coronavirus. She has three young children, including a newborn.
“Everyone knows how meaningful it is for me to be part of a team and I will miss that camaraderie so much this year,” Zimmerman said in a statement. “Of course I would love to follow back-to-back headlines. I can’t speak for anyone else, but due to the unusual nature of the tur it is the best decision for me and my family. “
Zimmerman has been writing a diary for the Associated Press since the coronavirus stopped playing this spring. In the tenth installment last week, he expressed concern about playing 2020.
“I have a three-week-old baby,” Zimmerman said. “My mother has multiple sclerosis and she is extremely high-risk; If I finish playing, I can throw away the idea of seeing him a few weeks after the end of the season. There are many reasons that I and others need to consider. I don’t think there is a right or wrong answer; It’s everyone’s choice. “
The 35-year-old, who has been a citizen since 2005, said it did not mean he was retiring. He is still deciding on his future outside of this season.
Zimmerman said in April, “This time has made me realize how lucky I am to play.” This is what has shown me that I’m fine anyway: whether I continue before 2020 or not, I’ll be great whenever I retire. “
Zimmerman is a two-time All-Star infielder who has played 15 years in the Major, with all the citizens. He holds the record for most hits in a team career, and his two homers and seven RBIs helped Washington win their first World Series title last season.
The 2-year-old Ross has five seasons of five league experiences and Tommy John underwent surgery on his right elbow in 201 right.