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(Major League Baseball)   Diamondbacks pitcher Mike Leake, last seen injuring himself in freak offseason incident with his dog, is first MLB player to nope out of 2020 season restart, will not receive salary or service time   (mlb.com) divider line
    More: Obvious, Major League Baseball, Arizona Diamondbacks, Mike Leake, phone call, leading contenders, D-backs GM Mike Hazen, Leake's agent, Phoenix, Arizona  
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2020-06-29 11:39:16 PM  
Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross of the Nationals as well
 
2020-06-30 1:04:16 AM  
Uh, I think Ian Desmond is going to beat all these guys in terms of notoriety when all is said and done.
 
2020-06-30 2:31:50 AM  

Pfighting Polish: Uh, I think Ian Desmond is going to beat all these guys in terms of notoriety when all is said and done.


I expect there to be quite a long list when it's all said and done, I doubt Desmond will be the best player to opt out.
 
2020-06-30 6:07:34 AM  
Good for him. It's hard for me to imagine anyone who's well into eight figures in career earnings taking a basic risk assessment and thinking it's worth playing this year.
 
2020-06-30 8:06:24 AM  

Hoopy Frood: Good for him. It's hard for me to imagine anyone who's well into eight figures in career earnings taking a basic risk assessment and thinking it's worth playing this year.


Seriously. He has made $94 million in his career. He's giving up around $7.2 to sit out this year.  If his option gets picked up he gets $15 million next year and $5 million if it is not. If he plays this year, there are the covid risks, being away from family and the very real risks of hurting his arm.  If he's healthy he probably gets his option picked up. Even if he doesn't and never plays again, oh well, he just misses out on being a member of the 9 figure club.
 
2020-06-30 8:08:21 AM  

Hoopy Frood: Good for him. It's hard for me to imagine anyone who's well into eight figures in career earnings taking a basic risk assessment and thinking it's worth playing this year.


Especially when your home stadium is in a Coronavirus hotspot with lukewarm response from the state government plus a significant population of local fans who aren't exactly leading the charge on common sense precautions against infection.  It's not a wild speculation to think the fans will spread it to the front-line staff like box office and concessions, and from there it'll make its way to the office staff and eventually the players.
 
2020-06-30 8:25:58 AM  
I do hope that I'm wrong, but I'm not expecting the mlb season to go well at all. A bunch more players will opt out and eventually there will be a Covid outbreak(s) and things will come to a grinding halt, if they even get started in the first place. If the country had the pandemic under some actual control I'd have more optimism that something could work without fans in the seats. But given current circumstances I am of the opinion that this is bound for failure.
 
2020-06-30 10:23:10 AM  
Said it a dozen times already. They may start, they will not finish.
 
2020-06-30 11:00:01 AM  

dark brew: Pfighting Polish: Uh, I think Ian Desmond is going to beat all these guys in terms of notoriety when all is said and done.

I expect there to be quite a long list when it's all said and done, I doubt Desmond will be the best player to opt out.


Not necessarily best, but notable when you read his statement about sitting out.

Google it. Worth your time.
 
2020-06-30 11:40:28 AM  

dark brew: Pfighting Polish: Uh, I think Ian Desmond is going to beat all these guys in terms of notoriety when all is said and done.

I expect there to be quite a long list when it's all said and done, I doubt Desmond will be the best player to opt out.


The Desmond mention was not about his skills as a player, but the content of his announcement.
 
2020-06-30 12:19:51 PM  

G-Ride: I do hope that I'm wrong, but I'm not expecting the mlb season to go well at all. A bunch more players will opt out and eventually there will be a Covid outbreak(s) and things will come to a grinding halt, if they even get started in the first place. If the country had the pandemic under some actual control I'd have more optimism that something could work without fans in the seats. But given current circumstances I am of the opinion that this is bound for failure.


For many of the reasons you just stated, Keith Olbermann (who knows his baseball) says there's a 0% chance of a World Series this year.
 
2020-06-30 1:04:37 PM  
I don't blame them for opting out. I don't blame those who want to play.

I will say it would sure be nice to be able to blow off several million in salary like that.
 
2020-06-30 3:24:26 PM  
Considering how much even the league minimum salary is (since 2015, it's been more than half a million), any player who's played more than a couple seasons would be gambling his life by playing this season (assuming he's done a decent job of managing his money).  If the real big names start to drop out -- Trout, Harper, Stanton, any player who's already sitting on a mountain of cash -- I'd suspect the season isn't going to happen, or last very long if it does.
 
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