On Thursday afternoon, Major League Baseball announced that start of the 2020 regular season will be delayed by at least two weeks and all remaining Spring Training games as of 4:00 PM Eastern time today have been canceled. The World Baseball Classic Qualifer games in Arizona have also been postponed. Opening Day was originally scheduled for March 26th — two weeks from today. The news is a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
There aren’t any plans on whether the regular season games will be made up later in the year or if MLB will go on with a reduced schedule.
This seemingly inevitable news came fewer than 24 hours after the NBA suspended the rest of the season after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for COVID-19; there is approximately one-fifth of the NBA season remaining. (News broke on Thursday that another Jazz player has also tested positive.) The NHL also suspended the remainder of the hockey season on Thursday. Outside of sports, several colleges and universities, as well as many K-12 schools, are switching to online-only courses until at least after spring break — and some for the remainder of the spring semester. Congress closed the Capitol Building to the general public until April.
In his address to the nation on Wednesday, President Donald Trump said the United States is banning all travel to and from Europe for at least the next 30 days, though the United Kingdom is exempted from the ban. The Cardinals and Cubs are scheduled to play in the London Series in June.
VEB will have more coverage on this news soon. Stay tuned.