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MLB players who are opting out of the 2020 season

As Major League Baseball attempts to start a 60-game season during the COVID-19 pandemic, here are the players who have said they will not be participating.

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ChiSox, Nats, Pirates, Cards have positive tests

The Chicago White Sox, Washington Nationals, Pittsburgh Pirates and Arizona Diamondbacks all announced Sunday that two of their players have tested positive for the coronavirus and are in isolation.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

ESPN has learned that more than half of all intake testing is almost complete as MLB prepares for preseason workouts to officially resume tomorrow. General information about the results will be released in the next 24-48 hours, but will not have identifying factors in order to protect players' privacy. As previously reported, COVID-19 related information won't be disclosed without players' permission.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Manager Luis Rojas confirms Mets hitting coach Chili Davis will be working remotely. Rojas also said all Mets players have reported to "summer camp" and are currently undergoing the intake and COVID-19 testing process.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

In a statement to ESPN, MLB said it wouldn't disclose COVID-19 related information without an individual's permission. MLB does plan to publish general testing information, for example, number of tests and positive results, but with no player names or identifying characteristics.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

MLB statement to ESPN regarding teams not naming players that test positive for coronavirus: "Because COVID-19 is not considered an employment-related injury, we will respect the privacy of the players who test positive or who are under evaluation, and we will defer to their wishes regarding public updates about their status. Without their voluntary permission, we will not disclose any COVID-19 related information."


BBTN: Tim Kurkjian and Buster discuss Ian Desmond opting out of the playing the season

Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to name-drop his meetings with presidents and trips to the White House (7:07). Then the guys discuss the players who have opted out of the season, the need for complete transparency with testing results, Ian Desmond's decision not to play and his thoughts on race in baseball, and changes that need to be made to make baseball more accessible.

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D-backs' Leake opts out of playing 2020 season

Diamondbacks right-hander Mike Leake is opting out of the 2020 season, his agent said in a statement Monday, becoming the first known MLB player to opt out.

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"As we see increased community spread (of Covid-19 in some states with MLB to return)," epidemiologist Carlos del Rio of Atl.'s Emory Univ. Med. School, told ESPN Fri., "you will have to rethink the plans, just because it's not what it used to be and it's not as safe as you thought it was. At some point we said, ‘Oh, Arizona is going to be great.' Well, Arizona is no longer great." "Maybe it's time to move some of the baseball to S. Dakota, other states that don't have such a high caseload."

William Weinbaum ESPN 

Ariz. St. Ctr. for Pub. Health Law & Policy Dir. James Hodge said Fri. that as MLB gets going, expect govt. officials to intervene if there are new spikes in cases tied to the games: "For example, restaurants/bars that welcome game fans and fail to engage in proper distancing or face mask requirements over the course of the 3 to 4-hour long MLB games might find they are the target of public health interventions as positive cases emerge from these locales."

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

When players report to the second "spring training," they will be required to undergo “intake screenings,” which will include a COVID-19 saliva test and a COVID-19 antibodies blood test. All players will be tested for COVID-19 at least every other day during the season, or more frequently if deemed necessary.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Important MLB deadlines this week: All player transactions that were suspended during the “Transaction Freeze” that was a part of the March agreement will resume tomorrow, Friday, June 26th, at 12pm ET. By 4pm ET on Sunday, June 28th, each club must submit to MLB a list of up to 60 players who will be eligible to play during the 2020 season.

William Weinbaum ESPN 

A Maricopa County spokesperson told ESPN its Dept. of Public Health has not communicated with the D-backs or MLB & hasn't been asked to review MLB's plan for the upcoming season, adding that the department & CDC have provided detailed resources for all businesses about how to operate in a manner that should reduce the spread of Covid-19. The spokesperson also said Pub. Health "doesn't have time to review reopening plans for any business." Ariz.'s coping with spikes in cases & hospitalizations.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Players have agreed to report by July 1st but MLB understands that some of them may not be able to meet that timeline because of immigration or other travel reasons.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

MLB's 60-game schedule will largely feature divisional play (~40 games); rest of games will be against the opposite league's corresponding geographical division (AL East v NL East; AL Central v NL Central; AL West v NL West). Commissioner Manfred: “Major League Baseball is thrilled to announce that the 2020 season is on the horizon. We have provided the Players Association with a schedule to play 60 games and are excited to provide our great fans with Baseball again soon.”

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced that Major League Baseball anticipates beginning its 2020 regular season approximately one month from today, on July 23rd or July 24th.

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Baseball's top 60 storylines for a 60-game MLB season

Mookie Betts wearing Dodger blue, Gerrit Cole in pinstripes. A wild sprint from start to finish. Here's what we're most excited to see when the 2020 season finally begins.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

MLB has told the MLBPA that they are going to schedule “as many games as possible," with a target of 60 games for the abbreviated 2020 regular season.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.2773rd
On Base Percentage.3604th
Slugging Percentage.4842nd
Earned Run Average6.5430th
Quality Starts0Tied-1st