Opening Day, originally scheduled to begin on March 26, was delayed for two weeks until being delayed until further notice on March 16 due to the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) recommendations of halting any gatherings consisting of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks.
MLB will continue to evaluate ongoing events leading up to the start of the season. Guidance related to daily operations and workouts will be relayed to Clubs in the coming days. As of 4 p.m. ET today, forthcoming Spring Training games have been cancelled, and 2020 World Baseball Classic Qualifier games in Tucson, Ariz., have been postponed indefinitely.
MLB and the clubs have been preparing a variety of contingency plans regarding the 2020 regular season schedule. MLB will announce the effects on the schedule at an appropriate time and will remain flexible as events warrant, with the hope of resuming normal operations as soon as possible.
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."
Following a unanimous vote by team owners, Major League Baseball officials are moving forward with a shortened season.
The vote, which occurred Monday evening, came after the Baseball Players Association rejected MLB’s latest proposal, which called for a 60-game season, an expanded postseason and no additional salary promises in the event the season is canceled due to the coronavirus.
While Commissioner Rob Manfred hasn’t revealed the terms of the season approved by owners, The Athletic reports it will follow the rejected plan of 60 regular-season games.
In a letter sent to the Players Association informing its members of the decision, the MLB has asked if players will report to training camp within seven days of July 1st and whether they’ll agree on a new operating manual that spells out health and safety protocols, Manfred says.
The association has been given until 5 p.m. Tuesday to respond, he says.
Do you think players will cooperate after having the season forced on them? Despite Manfred’s announcement, is there still a chance the season won’t happen?
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