The 2020 season was supposed to be David Price’s debut with the Dodgers. After close to 10 years of the franchise being interested in landing the southpaw, Price was finally in uniform and ready to go. And then the COVID-19 pandemic hit and shut down not just baseball, but the entire world.
Price chose to sit out the 2020 season to protect the health and wellness of his family. He was with the Dodgers in their Summer Camp for the first day or so but ultimately decided that the risk outweighed any potential reward.
Now almost one year after Price was traded to the Dodgers by the Red Sox, Price is opening up about his decision. The veteran left-handed pitcher spoke with SportsNet LA about choosing to sit out the 2020 season, among other things related to the 2021 season.
Everything was steadily rising and it was a time I didn’t want to be away from my family. At the time I had a 7-month-old little girl and a 3-month-old boy and I felt like I needed to be at home with my wife and 2 kids at that time. That was a very tough decision to make, but knowing that I made that decision for my family, I was at peace with it.
Price sitting out obviously didn’t hurt the Dodgers nearly as much as many had anticipated. Los Angeles had several young guys step up in their starting rotation, and ended up with one of the best staffs in all of baseball.
The good news is that Price is here to play in 2021, with no plans to sit out the season. The Dodgers should benefit greatly from his presence in the middle of the rotation, and should also help the bullpen stability over the long season.
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