For various reasons, stars of major American sports leagues are hesitant to partake in the 2020 seasons of their respective sports.
Though the majority of reasons presented are more than understandable -- the NFL's Malcolm Jenkins said that, for one, he doesn't think the NFL is an essential business, and several NBA stars, like Kyrie Irving, see the resumption of the 2020 season as a distraction from the bigger problems of racial injustice and social equality. A pregnant wife and an unborn child is right up there with those reasons. It's an incredibly human, unanimously undeniable reason to want to opt out.
And that's exactly why Mike Trout is expressing hesitation over the thought of playing in the 2020 MLB season, at least in its full capacity, according to multiple reports.
Gomez added that doctors have informed the Angels superstar and his wife that they'd need to isolate themselves from their child for 14 days if there was a positive test, and that Bryce Harper and his wife are in a similar situation.
Trout and Harper are two of the league's biggest and most recognizable figures, if not the top two. Such a blow would hurt their respective teams, obviously, but also the league as a whole. Several players could follow their lead, though we'd have to think that the league would carry on as usual with several replacement players available.
Check in on some of our other pieces related to the shortened 60-game MLB season.
- 2020 MLB Calendar: Key Dates for 60-Game Season
- Winners and Losers of MLB's Delayed Start and 60-Game Season
- Predicting Boom or Bust for MLB's Biggest Offseason Acquisitions
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