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MLB players who are opting out of the 2020 season

As Major League Baseball attempts to start a 60-game season during the COVID-19 pandemic, here are the players who have said they will not be participating.

Picking hypothetical NL All-Star outfield starters (1:07)

BBTN: Anthony Castrovince and Todd Radom go deep on Cleveland changing its name

MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince joins Buster to discuss the Cleveland name change, the history of the name “Indians” for the team, why he favors the Spiders for the new name, the inspiration for his book “A Fan’s Guide to Baseball Analytics” and what he thinks happens with Francisco Lindor this season (5:33). Plus, Todd Radom stops by to talk about the work involved with a team changing its name and creating a new logo (21:46).

Markakis to opt out of MLB season after 'eye-opening' talk (1:53)

BBTN: Dave Schoenfield on Cleveland changing its name and players expressing skepticism about playing; Sarah Langs on the David Price opting out

David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss Cleveland’s decision to review its name, possible names to replace the Indians, Freddie Freeman getting sick, Mike Trout, Sean Doolittle and Buster Posey’s skepticism about playing, and what the tipping point could be to shut the season down (7:16). Later, Sarah Langs drops by to talk about her aversion to spiders and what losing David Price means to the Dodgers (26:02).

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Braves' Markakis opts out after Freeman talk

Nick Markakis has opted out of this season after the Braves veteran outfielder had an "eye-opening" talk with teammate Freddie Freeman, who tested positive for COVID-19.

Will more MLB players follow Price, Felix and opt out? (1:49)
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King Felix to skip 2020 because of virus concerns

Felix Hernandez, who was trying to make the Braves before spring training was halted by the coronavirus pandemic, won't pitch this season because of concerns about the virus, his agent announced on Twitter on Saturday night.

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Braves give no indication if name change planned

Without saying if the team would consider changing its name, the Atlanta Braves issued a statement Saturday saying it "honors, supports, and values the Native American community. That will never change."

Freeman among four Braves who tested positive for COVID-19 (2:23)
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Virus hit Braves' Freeman 'like a ton of bricks'

Freddie Freeman, a four-time All-Star who batted .295 last season and set career highs with 38 homers and 121 RBIs, is one of four Braves players to test positive for the coronavirus. The others are Will Smith, Touki Toussaint and Pete Kozma.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.21929th
On Base Percentage.28930th
Slugging Percentage.33129th
Earned Run Average3.264th
Quality Starts0Tied-1st