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Major League Baseball suspends Spring Training, delays Opening Day by at least two weeks

According to reports from MLB Network and ESPN, MLB’s upcoming season will be disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Dome fever - catch it!: Blue Jays pitchers Mike Morgan; left; and Jim Gott express the sentiments of Photo by David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images

Because of pressures to mitigate the spread and impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Major League Baseball will be suspending Spring Training and will be delaying Opening Day, according to a report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Earlier this afternoon, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman was the first to report that Grapefruit League action was going to be suspended.

The Blue Jays’ split squad games today will continue to be played, but this may be the final bit of live baseball action we will see for a while. Baseball’s decision came after similar decisions to suspend live games from the National Basketball Association and Major League Soccer.

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that an official announcement from the Commissioner’s Office is forthcoming.


It’s official.