Nationals players decide to wait for in-person ring ceremony

The Associated Press
FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2019, file photo, Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman celebrates with the trophy after Game 7 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros in Houston. In the third installment of Washington Nationals star Ryan Zimmerman's diary for the AP, he discusses a fundraising initiative that has drawn support from teammates and athletes from other sports in the D.C. area to help hospital workers dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Zimmerman also discusses what it was like to re-watch Game 7 of the World Series this week. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2019, file photo, Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman celebrates with the trophy after Game 7 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros in Houston. In the third installment of Washington Nationals star Ryan Zimmerman's diary for the AP, he discusses a fundraising initiative that has drawn support from teammates and athletes from other sports in the D.C. area to help hospital workers dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Zimmerman also discusses what it was like to re-watch Game 7 of the World Series this week. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Nationals have changed their plans for their virtual World Series ring ceremony after players decided they would rather wait until they could reunite in person to receive their new jewelry.

The Nationals had announced they were going to give out the rings during a show broadcast on television and online - an unprecedented approach brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. They still plan to unveil the design of the ring Sunday and go ahead with a fundraiser for two food banks and the showing of a documentary about Washington's 2019 season.

The Nationals consulted some team leaders before moving forward with the virtual ring ceremony.

''When team leaders discussed the plan this week with the players, the players collectively decided they would prefer to receive their rings when the team could be physically reunited. We support that decision,'' the team said in a statement.

The show was planned for Sunday because of the date's significance in last year's title run. A year ago, Washington went into that day with a 19-31 record before starting a turnaround that led to the franchise's first World Series appearance and championship.

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