Major League Baseball to Delay Opening Day

In a press release on March 12, 2020, Major League Baseball announced it will delay 2020 Opening Day by at least two weeks. They also announced that Spring Training games will be cancelled as of 3:00 pm central today.

The press release states:

"Following a call with the 30 Clubs, and after consultation with the Major League Baseball Players Association, Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. today announced that MLB has decided to suspend Spring Training games and to delay the start of the 2020 regular season by at least two weeks due to the national emergency created by the coronavirus pandemic."

"Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our players, employees and fans. MLB will continue to undertake the precautions and best practices recommended by public health experts. We send our best wishes to all individuals and communities that have been impacted by coronavirus."

Read the full statement below.

JUPITER, - MARCH 12: Fans attend the spring training game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins in the fifth inning at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium on March 12, 2020 in Jupiter, Florida. MLB will be suspending Spring Training due to the ongoing threat of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

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