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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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Dodgers' Betts has doubts on season starting

With swirling uncertainty as a backdrop, new Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts isn't sure he'll ever have an official at-bat with the team. "I'm fully expecting to play. But that doesn't mean there aren't doubts," he said.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers OF Mookie Betts acknowledged that not getting the service time and thus delaying his free agency played a part in his decision to play this season. But he isn't confident that MLB's health-and-safety protocol will allow him to play. "It's kind of tough to be confident in something that hasn't proved to be full proof," he said.

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Yanks-Nats, Giants-Dodgers open MLB schedule

The defending World Series champion Washington Nationals will host the New York Yankees in the first game of the 2020 MLB season on July 23, followed by the San Francisco Giants traveling to play the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

The 2020 MLB schedule starts July 23 with a Yankees-Nationals matchup (7 p.m. ET, ESPN) followed by Giants-Dodgers (10 p.m. ET, ESPN). Opening Day for the rest of the league comes July 24, highlighted by Braves-Mets (4 ET, ESPN), Brewers-Cubs (7 ET, ESPN), Angels-A's (10 ET, ESPN) and the Rangers hosting the Rockies in the first game at Texas' new ballpark.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

The 2020 MLB schedule is set to be announced tonight, and it will include 60 games over a total of 67 days. Opening Day on July 23 will be Yankees vs. Nationals and Dodgers vs. SF Giants, with the remaining 26 teams playing their first game on July 24th. The final day of the season will be Sunday, September 27th.


BBTN: Dave Schoenfield on Cleveland changing its name and players expressing skepticism about playing; Sarah Langs on the David Price opting out

David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss Cleveland’s decision to review its name, possible names to replace the Indians, Freddie Freeman getting sick, Mike Trout, Sean Doolittle and Buster Posey’s skepticism about playing, and what the tipping point could be to shut the season down (7:16). Later, Sarah Langs drops by to talk about her aversion to spiders and what losing David Price means to the Dodgers (26:02).

Will more MLB players follow Price, Felix and opt out? (1:49)

Jeff Passan ESPN 

Los Angeles Dodgers starter David Price has opted out of playing in 2020.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

MLB has officially cancelled the All-Star Game and will reward it to the Dodgers for 2022. Here's a statement from Rob Manfred ...

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."


It’s official, J.R Smith to the Lakers

It’s Wednesday and that means Momma Momo is in the house! It’s also July 1st and today's the day we’ll know if Dwight Howard will be joining the Lakers in Orlando. Ramona and Jorge share stories of stakeouts gone wrong. And, even though the MLB is “on” they still can’t get it together.

William Weinbaum ESPN 

Lincoln Landis, 97, in a statement to ESPN Tue. night about calls to remove the first commissioner's name from the MVP Award, said his uncle was "fair-minded, totally honest and straightforward" and "there is no case whatever to be made" regarding "any hint of racism." He said his uncle would've celebrated Jackie Robinson's achievement and felt the "entry of blacks in the major leagues promised ‘what's good for baseball,' his signature requirement for the national pastime."

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.24812th
On Base Percentage.3379th
Slugging Percentage.4518th
Earned Run Average4.0611th
Quality Starts0Tied-1st