Brewers Star Opts Out of MLB Season Amid Coronavirus Outbreaks

Dan Mennella
August 01, 2020 - 7:33 pm
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Milwaukee Brewers star center fielder Lorenzo Cain has opted out of the 2020 MLB season.

Cain cited "the uncertainty and unknowns" surrounding the game as the reason for his decision, in a statement released through the Brewers.

"The Brewers organization was very understanding and supportive of my decision, and I thank them for that," Cain said. "I wish all of my teammates the best of luck this season and look forward to getting back on the field in 2021. Please stay safe."

The Brewers first announced Cain's decision in a statement, and said they will miss his talent and leadership.

Cain's opt-out comes while MLB struggles to contain the fallout from outbreaks affecting two teams -- the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals.

Cain's Brewers were set to host the Cardinals for a three-game weekend set beginning on Friday, but the entire series was postponed after three St. Louis players and three other team personnel tested positive in recent days.

Cain would not receive his salary for the remainder of the season, per the agreement between MLB's owners and the players union.

The 34-year-old veteran of 11 MLB seasons is a career .288/.348/.413 hitter, all coming with the Kansas City Royals and Brewers. Cain won a World Series with the Royals in 2015.