Nationals' Zimmerman and Ross opting out of MLB season

Ryan Zimmerman

The MLB last week announced a plan to return to play that features a 60-game regular-season schedule anticipated to begin on July 23 or 24.

"I have a 3-week-old baby", Zimmerman said. "I think I would probably have a different answer if it was over 162 (games) as opposed to if it was over 60".

Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Mike Leake, as well as longtime Washington Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman and teammate Joe Ross have chose to opt-out of the 2020 Major League Baseball season. We are 100 percent supportive of their decision to not play this year.

Leake's been a solid pitcher in the league since he made his debut in 2010. and won 12 games for the Mariners and Diamondbacks a year ago.

"They took countless factors into consideration, many of which are personal to him and his family".

Meanwhile, the 32-year-old Leake started 10 games for Arizona after being traded from Seattle for outfielder Jose Caballero and cash in a 2019 deadline deal.

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He signed for the club from Liverpool after a series of loan spells and has made 20 appearances so far this season. He's expected to make a full recovery and could leave hospital in two or three days.

All players have the option to sit out the shortened 2020 season, but only those determined to be at a high risk of contracting the disease caused by the coronavirus will reportedly receive full prorated pay and service time.

According to a statement released by the team Monday through Twitter, "Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross have decided not to participate in the 2020 season for the personal health and safety of themselves and loved ones".

The 35-year-old who has been a fixture for the Nationals since 2005 said this does not mean he's retiring. "This was not an easy decision for Mike".

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo issued a statement of support Monday.

Washington Nationals star first baseman Ryan Zimmerman is opting out of the 2020 Major League Baseball season. Leake was due $5,555,556 USA as the prorated share of his $15 million salary.

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