Arizona Diamondback's Mike Leake has opted out of the 2020 season due to growing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. He has become the first known player to opt out.
Leake's decision to pull out of the season comes amid discussions with his family.
“During this global pandemic, Mike and his family had many discussions about playing this season,” Leake’s agent, Danny Horwits, said in a statement Monday. “They took countless factors into consideration, many of which are personal to him and his family. After thorough consideration, he has chosen to opt out of playing in 2020. This was not an easy decision for Mike. He wishes the best of luck and health for his Diamondback teammates this season and he’s looking forward to 2021.”
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