MLB affirmed on Monday it would defer the beginning of the 2020 season. Referring to direction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) limiting occasions of in excess of 50 individuals for the following two months.
The verdict comes after official Rob Manfred directed a telephone call with the league’s 30 teams on Monday morning.
MLB had a week ago originally reported its season was being pushed once again from March 26 to April 9.
“Following last night’s newly updated recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks, the opening of the 2020 regular season will be pushed back in accordance with that guidance,” MLB said in a statement.
“The clubs remain committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins,” the commissioner’s office said in a statement.
“The opening of the 2020 regular season will be pushed back in accordance with that guidance,” Manfred said.
“We’re not going to announce an alternate Opening Day at this point. We’re going to have to see how things develop,” Manfred told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch at Cardinals camp in Jupiter, Florida.
“There should be no organized activities in the camps,” Manfred told the Post-Dispatch.
MLB canceled the remainder of the spring training plan on Thursday. It also said opening day, which is planned for 26 March, is now delayed for at least two weeks. Groups and players concur that two to four weeks of extra spring preparation will be required before the season starts.
The league has never seen a delay in its full season since 1995. It occurred due to a players’ strike.
Every single significant game alliances in the U.S. have chosen to suspend play in their particular alliances. It includes the National Hockey League and the National Basketball Association.
This year denoted the earliest Opening Day booked by MLB, other than for worldwide games. As it stood, Game 7 of the World Series would have been Oct. 28. Groups and players could push the postseason into November.
Likewise, Monday, MLB and the association declared a joint donation of $1 million. It is for Feeding America and Meals on Wheels America. The plan is to battle hunger coming about because of school terminations and quarantines.
Yankees minor-league pitcher Denny Larrondo was the principal baseball player to test positive for coronavirus.
Last season, Larrondo went 2-5 with a 5.01 ERA in 12 games in the rookie Gulf Coast League. The Yankees gave the right-handed Larrondo, of Cuba, a $550,000 signing bonus in 2018.
Brian Cashman declined to remark on the identity of the player.