Three-time World Series Champion Catcher Buster Posey will not play in the COVID-19 shortened MLB season.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports Posey missed the last few days of the San Francisco Giants team workouts while contemplating his decision.
Meanwhile, The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly gave some insight as to why the 33-year-old is opting out.
Buster Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls. That is why he has missed time in camp. The twins were born prematurely and stable but will be in NICU for some time. He is opting out of the season.
— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) July 10, 2020
Here’s Posey making the announcement earlier today.
Buster Posey announcing that he will opt out of the 2020 season after his family adopted twin girls. They were born last Friday: pic.twitter.com/bQgetrcjXW
— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) July 10, 2020
Posey joins an ever growing list of players choosing to sit out the 2020 season.
Here’s the list of players opting out so far (as of July 10):
- Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Mike Leake
- Atlanta Braves pitcher Felix Hernandez
- Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis
- Colorado Rockies utility man Ian Desmond
- LA Dodgers pitcher David Price
- Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Hector Noesi
- San Francisco Giants pitcher Tyson Ross (released by team before announcement)
- San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey
- Washington Nationals pitcher Joe Ross
- Washington Nationals catcher Welington Castillo
- Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman