By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
There’s simply no other way to put this: Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons quit on his teammates. Angels Manager Joe Maddon admitted that he was surprised by Simmons’ decision.
Simmons walked away with just five games left in the MLB 60-game shortened season due to the coronavirus pandemic, He alleged that his decision allegedly was due to the coronavirus.
“Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association developed an environment and system that empowered players and provided us the opportunity to decide on whether to play or opt out of the season,” Simmons said. “At this moment, I feel this is the best decision for me and for my family. We don’t know what the future holds, but we would like to sincerely thank the Angels organization and Angels fans for welcoming and making us feel at home.”
Yet, he played 55 games from July through September, before quitting. Once the Angels were eliminated from playoff contention, he departs.
Simmons is in the final year of a seven-year, $58 million deal. He will now be a free agent at the end of the season.
With the actions to quit prematurely before the season, it doesn’t look good for him to re-sign with the Angels. And his actions may cause some other teams to balk at signing him to a contract.
The 31-year-old Mundo Nobo, Curaçao appeared in 30 games this season. He had a .297 batting average with just 10 RBIs in 118 at-bats.
Simmons also had 35 hits, including seven doubles, while also scoring 19 runs.
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