Major League Baseball Suspends Operations Indefinitely, Spring Training Canceled Amid Coronavirus Concerns

Major League Baseball Suspends Operations Indefinitely, Spring Training Canceled Amid Coronavirus Concerns

Six of those games were at home while seven of them were on the road against the Giants and Cardinals.

Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts released a statement on Thursday regarding COVID-19 delaying the start of the 2020 Major League Baseball season until April 9, at least. The NCAA was initially planning to play games without fans, but faced pressure to cancel after top-ranked teams Duke and University of Kansas suspended all athletic activities.

"These are tough decisions", Hall said, but "we have to take this seriously".

MLB's announced prompted Minor League Baseball to also delay the start of their season. The safety of our players, coaches, employees, and fans is of the utmost importance to us.

There will be a point at which Major League Baseball simply can not coordinate new/modified plans, and will instead have to announce a period of crowd-less games, or simply delay the start of the regular season. Guidance about daily operations and workouts will be relayed to the clubs in the coming days.

The major leagues are schedule to open their regular season on March 26, with the International League's first pitch scheduled to come on April 9. Major League Baseball will announce the effects on the schedule at an appropriate time and will remain flexible as events warrant, with the hope of resuming normal operations as soon as possible. "We send our best wishes to all individuals and communities that have been impacted by coronavirus".

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