MLB Suspends Spring Training, Delays Opening Day

WCBS 880 Newsroom
March 12, 2020 - 3:15 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Major League Baseball has canceled the remainder of spring training and delayed the start of the regular season by at least two weeks amid growing fears about the fast-spreading coronavirus.

"This action is being taken in the interests of the safety and well-being of our players, Clubs and our millions of loyal fans," Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said. "Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our players, employees and fans."

All 30 clubs were scheduled to open on March 26, including the New York Mets who were set to face off against the Nationals in Citi Field.

Starting Thursday afternoon, all spring training games have been canceled and the 2020 World Baseball Classic Qualifier games in Tucson, Arizona have been postponed indefinitely.

The NBA became the first major American sports league to suspend their season Wednesday night.

MLS and NHL have since followed suit.