Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander David Price became the last player to retire from the 2020 season on Saturday. He announced his decision with a message on his social media accounts.
Here’s the explanation of Price as a whole, as it was originally shared on his Twitter account:
Dear Dodgers Nation,
After careful consideration and discussion with my family and the Dodgers, I decided that it was in the best interest of my health and that of my family not to play this season. I will miss my teammates and I will encourage them throughout the season and for a World Series victory. I’m sorry not to play for you this year, but I look forward to representing you next year.
Stay safe, be well and be nice. And come on Dodgers!
The Dodgers released this statement in response to Price’s decision:
The Dodgers fully support David’s decision not to participate in the 2020 season. We are in constant contact with David and understand how much this deliberation has weighed on him and his family. We know he will support the club every day and we look forward to seeing him with us in 2021.
The Dodgers acquired Price, along with outfielder Mookie Betts, in an exchange between the Boston Red Sox. The Dodgers sent Alex Verdugo, inside field player Jeter Downs and wide receiver Connor Wong to Boston.
Unlike Betts, who is a free agent at the end of the season, Price is under contract until the 2022 season. Unless he is considered a high-risk individual, he will lose his wages this season ( more than $ 10 million).
Price was expected to be the number 3 starter for the Dodgers, behind Walker Buehler and Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers could now turn to Dustin May, Jimmy Nelson or Tony Gonsolin for him – if, that is, any season should be played.
Earlier in the week, a handful of players exercised their right to sit during the season, including Ryan Zimmerman, Joe Ross, Mike Leake and Ian Desmond. The award is arguably the biggest player by name to date.
The Major League Baseball originally planned that its season would begin on March 26. The spread of the new coronavirus forced the league to take a break about two weeks earlier. The season is now set to start on July 23, although it stands to reason that the pandemic may force the league to abandon these plans.