Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman, Joe Ross Opt Out of 2020 Season

Ben Krimmel
June 29, 2020 - 12:39 pm

Washington Nationals veteran infielder Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross have decided not to play the 2020 MLB season, according to multiple media reports.

A day after the Nats submitted their 60-player pool for the potential 60-game MLB season, two players on the 40-man roster have decided to opt-out of the season, The Athletic's Britt Ghiroli was first to report the news.

In a statement posted on Twitter, Zimmerman said, "After a great deal of thought and given my family circumstances - three young children, including a newborn, and a mother at high risk - I have decided not to participate in the 2020 season."

"Of course I would love to pursue back-to-back titles. I cannot speak for anyone else, but given the unusual nature of the season, this is the best decision for me and my family, and I truly appreciate the organizations' understanding and support."

Zimmerman, who some wondered if he would retire after the 2019 season, said he is not ending his career. "To be clear, I am not retiring at this time. I have not decided on my future in baseball past 2020," the statement read. "But this year, I'll be staying safe at home and pulling as hard as anyone for the guys to defend our championship."

Nats' GM Mike Rizzo said in a statement the club supported the players' decisions. "We are one hundred percent supportivew of their deicsion to not play this year," the statement read. "We will miss their presence in the clubhouse and their contributions on the field."

As that news broke, outfielder Adam Eaton confirmed to 106.7 The Fan's Chad Dukes he would play the 2020 season.

Ghiroli added that an additional two or three players on the defending World Series champion Nationals are "still deciding" whether they will play.

As that news broke, outfielder Adam Eaton confirmed to 106.7 The Fan's Chad Dukes he would play the 2020 season.

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