Ian Desmond is opting out of playing in MLB this season. In addition to Covid-19 he cites the MLB’s rampant racism, sexism, homophobia, cheating scandals, and labor wars. Please go to his Instagram to read the whole thing because, whew, it is outstanding. https://t.co/xnwg3vspxo https://t.co/2vIvpzLegB
Rockies' Ian Desmond announces he's opting out of the the MLB season, citing the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to be with family
Desmond also addresses racism, sexism, homophobia in MLB, lack of diversity in the league and more in the lengthy Instagram post https://t.co/7c4BLGpx4h
The Rockies’ Ian Desmond has opted out of the 2020 season, but that feels secondary to a heartfelt, incisive Instagram post about his place in the world and baseball’s as well. The whole post is here: https://t.co/rLnOu3CP2k
But the part I’ve attached is important and spot-on.
Former Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond just became the fourth player today to announce that he will not play this season. Desmond did so at the end of an Instagram post that touched on system racism and a lack of inclusion in baseball, among many other poignant thoughts.
Damn this is powerful. I’ve never shared a clubhouse with Ian Desmond but I’ve always had a ton of respect for him as a player and as a person - and for all his work with the Nats Youth Baseball Academy. Grateful for his voice and perspective. Respect. https://t.co/mikhFDTkA5 https://t.co/yxhbMxrDkT
Please read Ian Desmond’s Instagram post linked below in the quoted tweet. Incredibly powerful. This took a lot of strength and courage. https://t.co/TRtvUbGRli
At the end of a heartfelt Instagram post about the confusing and heartbreaking conditions of racism and lack of opportunity, now and throughout his life, #Rockies OF Ian Desmond announced he will not play during the 2020 season. (cont.) https://t.co/5f2VTfNjFb
"If baseball is America's pastime, maybe it's never been a more fitting one than now."
"The golden rules of baseball--don't have fun, don't pimp home runs, don't play with character. Those are white rules."
This from Ian Desmond is worth reading: https://t.co/WcBmns50Pp
The Colorado #Rockies have signed slugger Matt Kemp to a minor-league contract to replace Ian Desmond on the roster.
I’ve covered a lot of athletes in a lot of sports. Few were as direct as Ian Desmond. He pulled no punches. Ever. Powerful statement.
Ian Desmond was always that player that would stand up after every game - win or lose - and answer every single question. I even had a few times where ID would pull me aside and say, ‘Byron, you good? You got everything you need?’ This rarely happens. Just one of a kind. #Nats
Ian Desmond is a baseball hero. You have to be pretty courageous to call out the whole “play the game the right way” thing as a white baseball culture construct. I also commend his decision partly because he feels a real responsibility to teach his kids and build community.
Ian Desmond is opting out of this season, and the former National explains why in this incredibly thoughtful post. Everyone should read this. https://t.co/W7sWNfv1Bd
Whatever you are doing: Stop. Read this essay by Ian Desmond. It is powerful on so many levels. It is amazing.
In a lengthy Instagram post, Ian Desmond of the Rockies explains why he's opting out of the 2020 MLB season. Here's the last frame, but I recommend reading the post in its entirety. https://t.co/KP9PNIixtV
Ian Desmond wrote powerfully today on a myriad of important topics from covid to BLM.
What did you think of his statement and decision to step away? https://t.co/U6LvPGqwZr
Quirk: Ian Desmond and Ryan Zimmerman both announced Monday they will not play this yr, removing for the 2020 season the last active player drafted by the Montreal Expos (2004) and the first ever picked by the Washington Nationals (2005)
Folks should read what Ian Desmond posted on instagram at the link provided above. I will miss seeing Ian on the field this year but have come to understand what a good human he is from his writings and posts. Be well Mr. Desmond. See you next year.
The Rockies star, who is biracial, wrote that "home is where I need to be" during the coronavirus-shortened season. https://t.co/hR0mJaYEEu
There’s so much about what Ian Desmond wrote that is worthwhile. What stays with me is that his observations on opportunity are applicable to so many industries beyond baseball. It certainly applies in journalism. https://t.co/bpYUGxV8mP
Weird to see MLB social accounts share Ian Desmond’s post and leave comments thanking him for sharing when so much of the post is calling out the severe shortcomings of the league.
#Rockies sign OF Matt Kemp to minor league deal following Ian Desmond’s opt out of the 2020 season.
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Ian Desmond opting out of playing this MLB season citing among other things, racism (only 8% of players are black). Let’s do basketball next.
Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond says he is opting out of the 2020 MLB season due to the health and safety risks of playing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Astros are scheduled to play NL West teams in the shortened season.
Broke: Ian Desmond bad
Woke: Ian Desmond didn’t deserve all that mocking but nothing I can say matters as much as what he’s already said.
Bespoke: trying to explain how I got reverse Obama-gated by anarchofascistmarxist Rockies twitter so I don’t look like a hypocrite