Though several teammates have confirmed they will visit the White House in May, a big Boston Red Sox star confirmed this week that he would be declining the invite.
Mookie Betts, named Most Valuable Player for the MLB’s American League, issued a statement on the matter to local reporters.
“I won’t be going there,” he said. “I decided not to.”
Rafael Devers made a similar announcement and three other players — Eduardo Nunez, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Xander Bogaerts — have indicated they might also pass on the opportunity.
The move comes days after NBA players from the Golden State Warriors opted to meet with former President Barack Obama during a D.C. trip. They made the stop while in the nation’s capital for a game with the Washington Wizards after many team members opted to skip an invitation to the Trump White House.
Following the snub by the Warriors and NFL players from the Philadelphia Eagles, Trump opted to preemptively rescind his invitations to both teams.