White Sox Pitcher Michael Kopech Opts out of 2020
In a bombshell development for White Sox fans, star prospect Michael Kopech has exercised his option to opt-out of the 2020 season according to General Manager, Rick Hahn.
Hahn told reporters this afternoon that, “Michael Kopech has informed us of his decision to not participate in the 2020 season. We recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”
Kopech, 24, has not thrown a major league pitch since September of 2018 just before he underwent Tommy John surgery, a procedure that cost him all of his 2019 season. With a clean bill of health heading into this spring, Kopech made his return to the mound in a White Sox uniform in March against the Rangers in a Cactus League game. Kopech lit up the radar gun, looked strong, and said that he felt excellent both physically and mentally heading into 2020.
Obviously much has changed for everyone across the world in the months that followed that promising outing.
When the White Sox open their 2021 season in Los Angeles next spring, it will have been nearly three years since Kopech dazzled a Guaranteed Rate Field crowd during a rainy major-league debut in 2018.
As unfortunate as the development today is for all parties involved, it’s one that Kopech has every right to exercise, and one that we should withhold judgment pertaining to his personal character from.
As a husband, a father, and quite simply just a human being, I think it’s painfully tone-deaf to ridicule someone for making a personal and family decision like this one, so I hope that White Sox fans display more empathy for Kopech than Giants fans did with Buster Posey earlier this morning.
White Sox place Yoan Moncada, Jose Ruiz on 10-day IL
In addition to the Kopech news this afternoon, we got something of an answer in the way of the status of star third baseman Yoan Moncada, who along with reliever Jose Ruiz was placed on the 10-day injured list.
The press release was short and sweet, offering no explanation of the reason behind the trip to the injured list.
As I said in a story earlier today, a brief game of ‘connect the dots,’ will lead you to believe that the trip is COVID-19 related, and if that’s the case, privacy is a right that the players are entitled to.
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