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Several baseball players are opting out of the 2020 MLB Season, citing 'personal health and safety'

June 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Three players have decided to opt out of the rescheduled Major League Baseball season due to health concerns amid coronavirus outbreak.

(CNN)Three players have decided to opt out of the rescheduled Major League Baseball season due to health concerns amid coronavirus outbreak.

Washington Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross will not be playing the 2020 season, the team confirmed on Monday.

Arizona Diamondbacks right-handed pitcher Mike Leake also has decided not to play this season, according to a statement from his agent.

The news comes a week after Major League Baseball announced its season will start next month, after the pandemic upended the original schedule.

"Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross have decided not to participate in the 2020 season for the personal health and safety of themselves and their loved ones," Mike Rizzo, Nationals General Manager, said in a statement.

Zimmerman, a two-time All Star, clarified his reasoning behind the decision are family related, and feels playing puts those love ones at risk.

"During this global pandemic, Mike and his family had many discussions about playing this season.

Their decisions to opt out of playing comes during a time that coronavirus cases are rising in the US.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski last week that he is opting out of playing the remainder of the NBA season when it resumes play in Florida.

The news of these cases came a day after MLB announced the 2020 season will begin July 23 or 24 with a schedule to play 60 games.

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