Brewers Lorenzo Cain opts out of remaining 2020 MLB season

Cain elects to not play remaining 2020 season for the Milwaukee Brewers
(David Zalubowski | AP)
Published: Aug. 1, 2020 at 12:07 PM CDT
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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WMTV & AP) - The list of professional athletes opting out of their 2020 sporting seasons is steadily growing when Milwaukee Brewers’ outfielder, Lorezon Cain decided to opt out of the remaining 2020 MLB season on Saturday.

The Brewers announced the two-time All-Star’s decision Saturday hours after news broke that their scheduled home opener would be postponed for a second straight day because members of the St. Louis Cardinals had tested positive for COVID-19.

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

Cain’s announcement comes on the same day that Miami Marlins second baseman Isan Diaz announced he was opting out. At least 21 members of the Marlins’ traveling party have tested positive for the disease.

Later in the day Saturday, Cain released the following statement:

After careful consideration and discussion with my family, I have decided to opt out of the remainder of the 2020 season. With all of the uncertainty and unknowns surrounding our game at this time, I feel that this is the best decision for me, my wife, and our three kids. The Brewers organization was very understanding and supportive of my decision, and I thank them for that. I wish all of my great teammates the best of luck this season and look forward to getting back on the field in 2021. Please stay safe.

Lorenzo Cain, Milwaukee Brewers

Cain was had six hits in 18 at-bats in the shortened season with 2 RBI in the five games he played for Milwaukee this year.

Coming off his first Gold Glove season in 2019, the two-time All Star was set to make $5.92 million in pro-rated salary for the shortened, 60-game MLB season.

The Brewers and Cardinals are still scheduled to face eachother in a doubleheader beginning at 1:10 PM on Sunday at Miller Park.

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