Long-time Nationals corner infielder Ryan Zimmerman weighed retirement previously but ultimately elected to return for another season in 2020. He then reversed course in light of the coronavirus pandemic, opting out of the campaign.
It was fair to wonder whether Zimmerman would simply decide to hang up his spikes, particularly since he went out with a bang in the 2019 World Series. This being 2020, that question arose in a Zoom call between the veteran ballplayer and NIAID chief Dr. Anthony Fauci, who wisely took the opportunity to turn the tables (Twitter link to video).
Zimmerman was surprisingly decisive. “I fully plan on being back,” he said. “I’ve told my family and a bunch of close friends that I can’t go out like this.”
Perhaps this unusual stretch has provided Zimmerman a unique opportunity to experience retirement without committing to it. He says he has “missed every second” of being a part of the game and remains “very disappointed not being able to play.” At the same time, Zimmerman says he still believes he made “the right decision for me and my family” by opting out of the campaign.
Seems like a good dude, but good luck trying to find a contact for him next year besides a minor league invite.
The last big contract Zimmerman signed contains a personal service offer to the club once he retires. No way does he play anywhere else.
Of course the guy made the right decision for he and his family to opt out. So did Markakis and any other player in MLB who did the same. Anyone with a brain knows it. Unlike the bedwetters on here who cant fathom why a ballplayer would risk the health/life of himself, family, and teammates . Ah but cue the impending bladder-challenged on here about to pee down their legs……….
Why come back you won a Championship go out on top