MLB Suspends Spring Training, Pushes Opening Day Back Two Weeks
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced that the league has suspended spring training and will delay the start of the 2020 season.
The owners held a conference call with the league and came to a conclusion that spring training is suspended. This is due to the concern surrounding coronavirus also known as COVID-19.
The Major League Baseball season was scheduled to start on March 26.
The league released a statement.
Statement from Major League Baseball: pic.twitter.com/0bWS5VTRPu
— MLB (@MLB) March 12, 2020
MLB joined the NBA, NHL and MLS in suspension of play due to coronavirus.
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