MLB delays start of season by ‘at least two weeks’ due to coronavirus pandemic; players react

MLB has actually postponed the start of its season.

Mentioning the global coronavirus pandemic, MLB launched a declaration Thursday revealing that Opening Day, initially slated for March 26, has actually been postponed by “at least two weeks.”

Here’s part of the release:

Following a call with the 30 Clubs, and after assessment with the Big league Baseball Players Association, Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. today revealed that MLB has actually chosen to suspend Spring Training games and to postpone the start of the 2020 routine season by at least two weeks due to the national emergency situation produced by the coronavirus pandemic. This action is being taken in the interests of the safety and wellness of our players, Clubs and our millions of devotedfans

MLB will continue to assess continuous occasions leading up to the start of theseason Assistance associated to everyday operations and exercises will be communicated to Clubs in the coming days. As of 4: 00 p.m. (ET) today, upcoming Spring Training games have actually been cancelled, and 2020 World Baseball Classic Qualifier games in Tucson, Arizona have actually been held off forever.

MORE: Every sports event canceled due to the fact that of coronavirus

The news follows teams were set up to play typical spring training games today. After 4 p.m. ET, no additional spring training games will take location till the league restarts business. MLB does not have a precise time or date when that will be.

As of now, the prepare for MLB is to use another brief spring-training-like duration for players to extend and prepare yourself for the season once again, per The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Some players chimed in on the post ponement of Opening Day, in addition to the coronavirus:

Giancarlo Stanton a couple of minutes back on the cancellation of ST: “It’s unfortunate but I think it’s the proper measure we need to take now given the situation the country’s in and the world’s in. It’s important to know that some things are bigger than baseball, bigger than sports.”

— Erik Boland (@eboland11) March 12,2020

And there it is … early concerns from players: do we go home now? Stay and train? How/when do we start back up? Have another 2 wk spring then start where schedule gets? Do we still earn money? … this is wild

— Jason Kipnis (@TheJK_Kid) March 12,2020

Max Scherzer when inquired about professional athletes in other sports contracting coronavirus: ” I think we’d be kind of naive to think that there’s not one player in any one of the camps across MLB right now that has not contracted it yet.”

— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) March 12,2020

#Pirates Musgrove: “Were going to be fine. We’re going to continue to prepare. The safety of the fans and everyone else is more important. … It is a bummer to have it happen at this point, two weeks from the season … but an extra two weeks to work out could benefit us.”

— Rob Biertempfel (@RobBiertempfel) March 12,2020

Andrew Miller: “Sports are important to us, but there’s bigger things in life.” Some players stated they didn’t understand when they need to return to the spring training complex, if at all. MLB stated assistance relating to everyday operations & & exercises will be communicated in “the coming days.”

— James Wagner (@ByJamesWagner) March 12,2020

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