Longtime San Francisco Giants star Buster Posey is saying he will be a no-go for the upcoming MLB season.
The big reason being are the health concerns for his newly adopted twin baby girls during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In the current state that we are right now and these babies being as fragile as they are for the next four months, at minimum, this ultimately wasn’t that difficult a decision for me,” Posey said. “From a baseball standpoint, it was a tough decision. From a family standpoint and feeling like I’m making a decision to protect our children, I think it was relatively easy.”
The newly adopted twins were born eight weeks premature and while they’re healthy, Posey and his wife, Kristen, opted to remained extra cautious.
“If these babies hadn’t been born right now and weren’t premature, I probably would be playing,” Posey said. “I do think it’s very much an individual decision because we’re all trying to decipher information that’s changing rapidly.”
Posey’s presence and leadership in the Giants’ clubhouse will definitely be missed, but the team has given him their full support.
“This is not a difficult one,” San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler said. “I think that a lot of people around baseball will say family first. I think it’s important that we actually put that into action by throwing all of our support in making these decisions even easier for players because they know that they have to support the leadership in the organization.”
The Giants open up the shortened season without Posey on Thursday, July 23 against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.