Major League Baseball to suspend 2020 season ‘indefinitely’ over coronavirus

Major League Baseball to suspend 2020 season ‘indefinitely’ over coronavirus

Major League Baseball joined other major sports leagues, college conferences and conventions in suspending operations due to the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday.

"These are unprecedented times, and the health and safety of our community is of the utmost importance to the Los Angeles Dodgers", the team said in a released statement. Qualifying games for the 2021 World Baseball Classic also were called off.

The Cactus League is host to 15 MLB teams at 10 venues across the Valley and is a major economic contributor in our state, bringing in an estimated $644 million annually for Arizona, according to the league's website.

On Wednesday, the National Basketball Association suspended the remainder of their season after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus. They were scheduled for 13 remaining spring training games before opening the regular season in Toronto on March 26.

"This contract is subject to federal or state legislation, regulations, executive or other official orders or other governmental action, now or hereafter in effect respecting military, naval, air or other governmental service, which may directly or indirectly affect the player, club or the league", every Uniform Player's Contract states.

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"We appreciate your patience as we work with Major League Baseball and local health and government agencies towards a resolution that is best for the continued safety of the entire extended Dodger family".

The league will also delay the beginning of the regular season at least two weeks.

Just 24 hours earlier, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced a ban on social gatherings of more than 250 people, including sporting events.

The MLS is following the NBA's lead. suspending its season over coronavirus concerns. The NCAA tournament will be played without fans in the stands.

The Mariners along with several other teams have pulled all their scouts and crosscheckers off the road. Whoever you are, we want to hear from you so our news coverage is as complete, accurate and useful as possible.

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