Despite so many questions still being up in the air about the 2020 Colorado Rockies season, oddsmakers still believe the Rockies and Major League Baseball will take the field.
According to BetOnline, the odds are weighted in the favor of MLB and the Colorado Rockies to play in 2020. This despite what seem to be recent stalemates and roadblocks in finalizing a contract between the Major League Baseball Players Association and the owners of the 30 teams.
At press time, BetOnline (on Twitter here) showed the following odds:
Will there be a 2020 MLB regular season?
Yes -500 (1/5)
No +300 (3/1)
Of course, it’s not only the question of money that is holding up a possible return to the diamond for MLB players. There is also the question of health and safety as the sporting world has been decimated since mid-March by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
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However, there have been some positive signs in terms of the return of sports in recent days. Among them an announcement from the governor of Texas that fans will be allowed to return to the stands in very limited capacities at outdoor professional events in his state beginning in June. At first, it was thought his could impact the Rockies if they play the American League West as part of their 2020 schedule as has been rumored. However, both the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers play in ballparks that have a retractable roof and a representative of the Texas Department of State Health Services has said that stadiums with retractable roofs “are not considered to be outdoors.”
Elsewhere, Italy’s Serie A and England’s Premier League are both slated to return to the football pitch in mid-June while the National Hockey League has also announced a plan to come back to the ice this summer (if conditions allow) with a 24-team playoff.
Will MLB be back as well? At least in the gambling world, the odds certainly seem to be in their favor.