Home to be their Dad'.
(Left) Ian Desmond pictured with his wife Chelsea, who is holding their daughter, and his three sons Grayson, Cruz and Ashton.
Desmond wrote that he recently went back to the Little League fields he grew up playing on in Sarasota, Florida, and found them to be run down and neglected.
Specifically he detailed his feelings about baseball's discriminatory issues and the financial friction between players and owners.
"Think about it: Right now in baseball we've got a labor war", he wrote. "We've got cheating. We've got a minority issue from the top down". In clubhouses we've got racist, sexist, homophobic jokes or flat-out problems. Two African American managers (ed.: Dusty Baker, Dave Roberts).
"Perhaps most disheartening of all is a puzzling lack of focus on understanding how to change those numbers". The fields where he once played were in poor shape and deserted.
"If baseball is America's pastime, maybe it's never been a more fitting one than now".
"Why can't we support teaching the game to all kids - but especially those in underprivileged communities?" Desmond wrote. "Why aren't accessible, affordable youth sports viewed as an essential opportunity to affect kids' development, as opposed to money-making propositions and recruiting chances?" "But that doesn't mean I'm leaving baseball behind for the year".
If MLB does not rule Desmond, 34, a "high-risk" player in terms of health, then he will forfeit about $5.5 million, the prorated portion of his 2020 salary that he would have made had he participated in MLB's 60-game regular season, and not accumulate service time.
Last year, Desmond hit.255 with a.310 on-base percentage, a.479 slugging percentage, 20 homers and 65 RBIs in 140 games. He is owed $8 million next year, and his deal includes a $15 million team option for 2022 with a $2 million buyout. Veteran Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Mike Leake was the first to opt-out on Monday, and was quickly joined by Washington Nationals stars Joe Ross and Ryan Zimmerman. The two-time All-Star played for Texas for one season before signing with the Rockies.