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tduecen
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Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies opts out of 2021 MLB Season
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Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies is the first Major League Baseball player to publicly opt out of the 2021 MLB season. Desmond opted out of the 2020 season as well, citing racism in baseball and society, and his experience as a biracial person in America.
Here is Desmond's announcement, which he made on Instagram on Sunday.

Over the last few months, I've had tough conversations. I've asked a lot of questions and done a lot of thinking. For now, I've decided to opt out of the 2021 season. My desire to be with my family is greater than my desire to go back and play baseball under these circumstances. I'm going to continue to train and watch how things unfold.
This impacts a lot of people, some positively and some negatively, and I own that. At the end of the day, this weighs on me more than anyone but I'm following my heart and I feel good about my decision. I've let my teammates know, as well as the coaching staff and front office, and they have all been extremely understanding and supportive. I wish nothing but the best for the entire Rockies organization and have let them know I am willing to do whatever I can to help them from afar.
Thank you.  




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Desmond, 35, is entering the final season of his five-year, $70 million contract. He forfeited $5.6 million in prorated salary last year and stands to forfeit another $8 million in salary this year, assuming he does not opt back in at some point. Players who are not high-risk individuals do not get paid nor accrue service time after opting out.
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msutiger
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re: Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies opts out of 2021 MLB Season
And the Rockies were already the worst team in baseball by a wide margin


ReauxlTide222
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re: Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies opts out of 2021 MLB Season
I’ve played and hung out with this guy a good amount.

He was pretty big league and liked himself a LOT.

But all around he seemed like a good guy(not that opting out makes him a bad guy).


raceboy
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re: Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies opts out of 2021 MLB Season
Who gives a shite about him. frick him and good riddance.


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Mingo Was His NameO
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re: Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies opts out of 2021 MLB Season
I believe what we call this is retiring.


JoeHackett
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re: Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies opts out of 2021 MLB Season
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stands to forfeit another $8 million in salary this year


According to baseball reference he's owed a total of $15 million this year. Am I misunderstanding or is he still going to get paid $7 million to sit at home this year?

LINK

*nvm I forgot what year this is.
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re: Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies opts out of 2021 MLB Season
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He forfeited $5.6 million in prorated salary last year and stands to forfeit another $8 million in salary this year, assuming he does not opt back in at some point.


I can respect this. He's making an actual sacrifice for his principles.


devils1854
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re: Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies opts out of 2021 MLB Season
Quits*


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re: Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies opts out of 2021 MLB Season
A multi millionaire being held down by the man. America. Gotta love it.


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forfeited $5.6 million


True oppression


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re: Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies opts out of 2021 MLB Season
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He was pretty big league and liked himself a LOT.


I believe that's one of the prerequisites for being a pro athlete


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Wild Thang
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re: Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies opts out of 2021 MLB Season
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Desmond opted out of the 2020 season as well, citing racism in baseball and society,




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re: Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies opts out of 2021 MLB Season
Not shocking. What a dumbass.


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Tiger Ugly
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re: Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies opts out of 2021 MLB Season
It is his right, there will be a young player more than willing to fill that spot and live the dream that Desmond no longer shares.

Those pats on the back from the ESPN/media posse for his bravery and sacrifice should be enough to sustain Desmond.


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re: Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies opts out of 2021 MLB Season
This sounds like a guy who is at the end of his career. One who doesn’t really want to play anymore and is trying to enter the potentially lucrative world of being a professional “victim” as a second career


Hurricane Mike
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re: Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies opts out of 2021 MLB Season
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Desmond opted out of the 2020 season as well, citing racism in baseball and society,


First of all he's full of shite but second, whatever he thinks is happening didn't start in 2020. So chalk him up as another brainwashed by the media.


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TigerOnTheMountain
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re: Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies opts out of 2021 MLB Season
Was it really necessary to release that statement?

No one cares what your feelings are, Ian. Either play or don’t.

Guy seems like an attention whore.


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stlslick
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re: Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies opts out of 2021 MLB Season
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citing racism in baseball and society, and his experience as a biracial person in America.




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ZZTIGERS
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re: Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies opts out of 2021 MLB Season
Did he cite any specific examples of racism in baseball? I’ll respect that he’s actually forfeiting millions, even though he is a millionaire.


stlslick
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re: Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies opts out of 2021 MLB Season
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I’ll respect that he’s actually forfeiting millions,


He's getting paid for another year, millions to sit home. He's not giving shite up. He's choosing to take less salary for sitting home.

So Brave


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