Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond plans to sit down this season to stay with his family and raise youth baseball in his hometown of Florida.
Desmond, 34, wrote on Instagram on Monday night that “the COVID-19 epidemic has made this baseball season so risky that I can’t take it at risk.” However, biennial slagger mentions countless issues in baseball, including racism, sexism, homophobia, and socioeconomic concerns.
“With a pregnant wife and four young children who have a lot of questions about what’s going on in the family, I need to stay home right now,” Desmond wrote on Instagram. “Home for my wife Chelsea. Home to help. Guide guide. Coronavirus and home to answer the questions of my eldest three sons about civil rights and life to be their father. “
Desmond, who hit .255 with 20 homers in 140 games last season, had 5,555,556 for his second share of $ 15 million salary, $ 70 million, part of a five-year contract. He owes $ 8 million the following year, and his contract includes a 15 15 million team option for 22 2 million by 2022.
Desmond, who grew up in Sarasota, made his big league debut with Washington in 2009. He played for Texas one season before signing with the two-time All-Star Rockies.
In his Instagram post, Desmond said he has been sharing more of his thoughts and experiences as an animal since the death of George Floyd on May 25 in Minnesota. A black man from Floyd, a black man with handcuffs, died after kneeling on Floyd’s neck for about nine minutes.
Desmond said his mind started racing on a recent tour of the Sarasota baseball field where he played as a child. He writes about how they run and look neglected and how important youth baseball was to his growth.
“Why can’t we support teaching the game to all kids _ but especially people from disadvantaged communities?” Desmond writes. “Contrary to the money-making offers and employment opportunities, why not accessible, affordable youth sports as essential youth sports to influence children’s development? It’s hard to wrap your head around them.”
Desmond said he wanted to help Sarasota track youth baseball again.
“That’s all I can do,” he wrote. “So am I.”