Major League Baseball to delay start of season by at least two weeks

Reds manager David Bell is introduced before a game against the Pirates on Opening Day on Thursday, March 28, 2019, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff
Reds manager David Bell is introduced before a game against the Pirates on Opening Day on Thursday, March 28, 2019, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff

Major League Baseball suspended spring training games and delayed the start of the season for at least two weeks due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it announced Thursday.

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“This action is being taken in the interests of the safety and well-being of our players, Clubs and our millions of loyal fans,” a MLB press release stated. “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.”

Baseball will prepare “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.”

The Reds were scheduled to start the 2020 season on March 26.