Some MLB players begin to opt out of 2020 season

The Washington Nationals will face the New York Yankees in their season opener with out two teammates – Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross.

In a statement Monday, 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.”

Nats manager Mike Rizzo also confirmed that Ross is out, saying both players made the decision “for the personal health and safety of themselves and their loved ones. We are 100% supportive of their decision not to play this year.” Though, Rizzo added that their contributions and presence on and off the field would be missed.

Have you had to make a similar decision in your profession? Is your employer as supportive? Can you afford to make the decision not to work?