Major League Baseball is getting back to work after an agreement with the player’s association on the health guidelines, and we’re all very happy about that. But one Dodgers player revealed that he contemplated sitting out the 2020 season, and he might not be alone in that.
With COVID-19 not really being close to under control, it’s easy to see why players with families might consider sitting out. It’s also easy to understand why those at higher risk might consider sitting out as well. Joe Kelly talked about the possibility of sitting out the season, despite the Dodgers being a huge favorite.
I thought about it. My wife has joked about it, but I know she was dead-ass serious. ‘Don’t even play.’ The only reason I would play is my teammates. I feel morally right all the way up until that point until someone on my team is like, ‘Bro, I’m playing, just play. You need to play. Honor your contract. Play. We’re trying to win.’ That’s the only thing that would be holding me back. Everything else, I would be fine with not playing.
The Dodgers’ reliever talked about this on the Bradfo Sho podcast this week, revealing that having his twins really made him take a step back.
I would be fine saying, ‘I’m not playing this year. I’m not risking it.’ You’ve got twins. You’ve got a 4-year-old. Who knows what the coronavirus entails in 50 years, what it will do to you. No one knows. So I could easily have been like, ‘I’m doing what is right for my family.’ But then I would get a text from DP (David Price) or Mookie (Betts) or any one of my teammates, any one of my fellow pitchers, any one of my fellow hitters and then I would feel bad. That’s the [expletive] part about it. That was the only thing I probably couldn’t live with.
As of now, Joe Kelly is expected to report to the Dodgers’ Spring Training camp by July 1st. But there are other guys on the team with young children or high-risk family members that could consider sitting this one out. One guy that comes to mind is A.J. Pollock.