Major League Baseball Delays Start Of Season For At Least Two Months
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Major League Baseball announced that the start of its 2020 season will be delayed at least two months in accordance with a Centers for Disease Control and Prevent recommendation “restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks.”
MLB announced the decision in a statement released on Monday, March 16.
The decision comes one day after the CDC recommended that public events restrict attendance to less than 50 people for the next eight weeks.
The restriction runs through at least May 10. MLB’s 2020 season was originally scheduled for March 26.
Statement from Major League Baseball: pic.twitter.com/E5xPfMGOc0
— MLB (@MLB) March 16, 2020
The MLB schedule was originally slated to take place from the end of March until October.
Major League Baseball postponed spring training as well.
The decision also comes a week after the NCAA canceled their men’s and women’s basketball tournaments and all spring sports. The NBA, NHL, and MLS decided to suspend their season until further notice.
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