Colorado Rockies veteran outfielder Ian Desmond resigned from playing the season for the second year in a row.
Desmond communicated Sunday on his Instagram account that his “desire to be with my family is greater than my desire to go back and play baseball under these circumstances.”
In his statement, Desmond left the door open for a possible return.
“I’m going to train and see how the situation develops,” he said.
Desmond, 35, is in the final year of a five-year, $ 70 million contract he signed in December 2016. He must earn $ 8 million this season. Colorado has a $ 15 million option for 2022 with a $ 2 million buyout clause.
After he resigned from playing last season during the shortened coronavirus season, Desmond indicated he wanted to spend more time with his family and help develop youth baseball in his Florida hometown. He added that the COVID-19 pandemic turned the baseball season into “a risk that I don’t feel comfortable taking.”
On Sunday, Desmond wrote of his decision: “This impacts a lot of people, some positively, others negatively and I admit it. At the end of the day, this weighs on me more than anyone else, but I follow my heart and I feel good about the decision.
Training with the entire team begins Tuesday in Arizona.
Desmond is hitting .263 with 181 home runs and 711 RBIs in 11 years with Washington, Texas and Colorado. He hit .255 with 20 home runs in 140 games for Colorado in 2019.