By Patrick Kelly
With all four of the major sports leagues set to come back to the process of testing players and laying out what living in the bubble will look like, a number of athletes have decided to not take the risk of COVID-19 or other injuries and sit out the season. As of now no NHL players have opted out, but four MLB players including former Cardinal Mike Leake have decided not to participate in the restarted season.
The reasons for the players not participating vary. For Los Angeles Laker Avery Brady he is deciding not to participate because he has a son who struggles recovering from respiratory diseases. Players like Willie Cauley-stein and Ian Desmond have pregnant partners at home and feel like the best place for them to be during all this craziness is with their family. The rest of the players gave generic health and safety reasons while Leake didn’t really give a reason for his absence.
As it stands most of the Cardinals and Blues players have made their way back to St. Louis and will be starting full team workouts soon. Both leagues continue to test regularly and the Cardinals have only had one positive test but everyone is still a go for late July.