Betts told the Boston Globe of his decision Saturday night after the New York Baseball Writers’ Assn. of America dinner, where he was presented with his MVP award. He did not elaborate on the decision, other than to say he had put some thought into it.
“I won’t be going there,” Betts said. “I decided not to.”
Third baseman Rafael Devers has said he will not take part in the visit as well, and several other members of the team — including Eduardo Rodriguez, Xander Bogaerts and Eduardo Nunez — are undecided, according to the Globe.
The visit was originally planned for Feb. 15 but was rescheduled for May 9 because of the partial government shutdown.
“Like in the past, it's an invitation,” team president Sam Kennedy said in December. “It's not a mandatory, command performance. It's an opportunity for these guys to get the recognition they deserve for a world championship.”