Lorenzo Cain opts out of 2020 MLB season after latest COVID-19 updates

The prominent Milwaukee Brewers player has opted out of the 2020 season

MLB’s disastrous week is only getting worse with each passing day. Besides the massive Miami Marlins COVID-19 outbreak and the minimal positive tests among the Philadelphia Phillies, baseball received even more disastrous news with the St. Louis Cardinals having more than five players and coaches contract the coronavirus as of Saturday. We’ve already seen Marlins second baseman Isan Diaz opt out, and the dominoes continued to fall just hours later.

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain has decided to opt out of the 2020 season, via a team statement.

“Lorenzo Cain has informed us that he will not participate for the remainder of the 2020 season,” said Brewers president David Stearns. “We fully support Lorenzo’s decision, and will miss his talents on the field and leadership in the clubhouse.”

Cain will be one of many players who will decide to stay home for the rest of the calendar year

Cain opting out shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering the league is nearing a potential doomsday scenario.

On Friday, reports indicated that league commissioner Rob Manfred warned MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark that if the players don’t take the protocols seriously that MLB could shut down operations as early as this Monday. Less than 24 hours after this news, the Cardinals bombshell dropped. This only proves that traveling across the nation during a global pandemic and not implementing a bubble environment just won’t work for professional sports right now. NBA and NHL have secured hub cities, and so far, there has been no outbreaks.

Through five games, Cain has slashed .333/.429/.389, while recording six hits and two RBI.

Losing a consistent hitter like Cain stings for the Brewers, but they understand his reasoning to opt out, as should baseball fans across the nation. MLB is entering dangerous territory, which could result in it’s second shutdown of the year.