Outfielder Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies plans to stay away from the game this season in order to stay with his family and assist in the development of baseball to the youth in his hometown in Florida.
Desmond, 34-year-old wrote Monday night on Instagram that ” the pandemic of the COVID-19 has made this baseball season a season that I am not comfortable to play. ”
Racism, sexism, homophobia
But the punching power was also mentioned by a myriad of problems within the game of baseball, including racism, sexism, homophobia and socio-economic concerns.
“With a pregnant woman and four young children who have a lot of questions about what’s happening in the world, home is the place where I need to be at this time, wrote Desmond on Instagram.
Home to my wife, Chelsey. At home to help. At home to guide. To the house to answer the questions of my three older boys on the coronavirus, the civil rights and life. At home to be their father.
Desmond, who has maintained a minimum average of .255 with 20 home runs in 140 games last season, had to hit 5 555 556 $ US for the prorated portion of his salary of 15 million, in the framework of a contract of 70 million over a period of five years. He will receive $ 8 million next year, and his deal includes an option in favour of the team from 15 million to 2022, with a redemption clause of 2 million.
Desmond, who grew up in Sarasota, has made his debut in the major leagues with the Nationals of Washington in 2009. The star player has also played for the Texas Rangers for a season before signing a contract with the Rockies.
The impact of George Floyd
In his publication, Instagram, Desmond said he shared more of his thoughts and his experiences as a métis men since the death of George Floyd was in Minnesota, on the 25th of may. Floyd, a black man handcuffed, died after a white policeman has kept his knee on her neck for nearly eight minutes.
Desmond said as his reflection began during a recent visit to the land of baseball to Sarasota where he played when he was a child. He wrote how they used to look dilapidated and neglected, and how baseball was important to him growing up.
“Why can’t we support the teaching of sport to all children, but especially those from disadvantaged communities ? wrote Desmond. Why sports for youth accessible and affordable, they are not considered as an opportunity essential to influence the development of children, as opposed to proposals that are lucrative and recruitment opportunities ? It is difficult to understand. ”
Desmond concluded that he wanted to help the Sarasota Youth Baseball to get back on the right track.
“This is what I can do, among many other things. ”