Mike Trout said Friday at Angels camp (the first day the media was allowed inside) that the impending birth of his son has him still uncertain about whether he’ll play the whole 2020 season or not. Players have the choice to skip the season (without pay or service time) and so far a few have.
Players that are skipping the season include Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals, Mike Leake of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies. While positive COVID-19 tests are increasing around the country and various states are rolling back their re-opening measures, it makes sense that Trout would be taking this seriously.
“Honestly, I still don’t feel that comfortable. It’s gonna be tough. I’ve got to be really cautious these next couple weeks. I don’t want to test positive. I don’t want to bring it back to my wife. It’s a tough situation we’re in.”
His manager Joe Maddon told reporters that you need to as a person commit to playing under the guidelines and if you can’t 100% commit to it then you should understandably sit out. This will be a big blow for the league if the best player doesn’t play but at this time it would make sense if he doesn’t play.