- Colorado Rockies’ outfielder Ian Desmond opts out of the 2020 MLB season.
- Desmond has cited racism and COVID-19 pandemic as the main reasons for his decision.
- A few other players also announced they’re opting out, causing 2020 MLB odds to change.
The 2020 MLB season was supposed to start in March, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A few days ago, it was decided that the new MLB season will start in late July. However, there are several players who we aren’t going to see taking part in the new season, most notably the Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond.
The 34-year-old announced his decision on social media last night, citing the coronavirus pandemic as one of the two main reasons. The other reason is the reckoning with racism, which he believes needs to happen within the MLB.
Ian Desmond on Racism and Social Injustice in the US
In an emotional Instagram post, Desmond shared his experiences with racism, which he said he’s been dealing with his entire life, being a biracial Black man.
Desmond shared unpleasant memories from his high school days when his team used to chant “White power” ahead of games. He also talked about racism and homophobia in the MLB today, suggesting that his decision to opt out of the 2020 season could inspire the league to tackle those issues.
Desmond is one of several American athletes who have spoken out about racism in the last couple of weeks. Even more notably, Bubba Wallace, a black NASCAR driver spoke about his discomfort of seeing Confederate flags in the stands. As a result of his plea, the controversial flags were banned by NASCAR.
Other MLS Players Opting Out
Ian Desmond isn’t the only MLB player who is going to miss the 2020 season. A few others have announced that they’re opting out. In their case, the reason is are “personal health and safety” that could be at risk as the US is still struggling to curb down the COVID-19 pandemic.
The players in question are Joe Ross (pitcher) and Ryan Zimmerman (infielder) of Washington Nationals.
Mike Leake, who’s the pitcher for Arizona Diamondbacks, has also announced his decision not to take part in the 2020 MLB season, saying that the health of his loved ones is more important than anything.
MLS Odds Changing Amid the Latest News
Without Ian Desmond in the roster, Colorado Rockies’ chances of doing well in the 2020 season don’t look that great. The two-time MLB All-Star player and three-time Silver Slugger Award winner, who’s been in the league for more than a decade is surely going to be missed.
Truth be told, top baseball sportsbooks weren’t giving this team great odds even when he was in the team. However, their chances look even slimmer right now. The odds on Rockies winning the World Series are somewhere in the ballpark of +12500.
This makes the team from Colorado one of the biggest underdogs in the league. In fact, only Miami Marlins (+25000) and Pittsburgh Pirates (+30000) have been given longer odds.