San Francisco Giants star catcher Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 season. Posey said he and his wife Kristen are adopting identical twin girls and is looking out for their safety.
"After weighing it for a long time, talking to doctors, I just feel like 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.
San Francisco released a statement saying the club supports Posey.
"The Giants fully support Buster's decision," the team said. "Buster is an integral part of our team and will be sorely missed, but we look forward to having him back in 2021."
Posey is the latest MLB star to opt-out of the season along with Dodgers starter David Price and Braves reliever Felix Hernandez Ryan Zimmerman, Mike Leake and Ian Desmond, among others. Under the MLBPA's agreement with the league, MLB players have the ability to opt-out due to their concerns over COVID-19.