Phillies’ Wheeler balks at quarantine proposal, won’t miss first child

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Reports that the Major League Baseball plans to play in quarantine conditions in Arizona and Florida are not good with Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Zack Wheeler.

Wheeler, whose wife Dominique is due to give birth to their daughter in July, said he would balk at the plan if approved.

“I will not miss the birth of my first child. I don’t care, “Wheeler told NBC10 in Philadelphia on Friday. “I will be there for her and the birth of my child. It is a fact. I think anyone would do the same. Any daddy. I have to come back here (her house in Atlanta) and be with her and miss two more weeks because I have to quarantine myself to play again, too bad. “

Wheeler, 29, signed a $ 118 million, five-year deal with the Phillies in December. He was 11-8 with a 3.96 ERA and 195 strikeouts in 31 starts last season for divisional New York Mets.

USA Today reported Friday that the MLB is considering a radical realignment plan that would eliminate the traditional leagues and place teams in six divisions based on spring training locations for the 2020 season. Teams would play games only in these two States and the absence of fans due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Players, staff and essential staff – but not their families – would be kept in quarantine, an idea that Wheeler says “makes no sense”.

“I want to be here with (my wife) during this time,” he said. “It’s something special. You will never experience that again, the birth of your first child. They say that your significant other would not be allowed to be with you. It doesn’t make sense to me. If we’re going to be stuck in quarantine, then why can’t they be stuck with us in quarantine? “

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