The start of the MLB regular season has been pushed back until mid-May at the earliest in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement released Monday, commissioner Rob Manfred and representatives from all 30 MLB clubs announced they are acting in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation to restrict events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks. The statement did not provide a possible return date.
“MLB will keep fans updated on decisions regarding plans for the 2020 schedule in the days and weeks ahead,” the statement reads. “The Clubs remain committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins. We will continue to monitor ongoing events and undertake the precautions and best practices recommended by public health experts, and urge all baseball fans to follow suit.”
This statement comes on the heels of the MLB’s decision to suspend spring training operations. All players and staff reporting to camps across Arizona and Florida were instructed to return to their own home, remain in their spring training cities, or return to their team’s home city. The league initially postponed the start of the regular season until at least April 9. But CDC and state directives forced the league to extend that postponement.
The Oakland Athletics have dispersed from their camp in Mesa, most electing to return to their main residences. For some, that meant flying across international borders to Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Venezuela. The San Francisco Giants began their mass exodus from their Scottsdale facilities on Monday.
MLB and the MLB Players Association announced in conjunction Monday a plan to donate $1 million to Feeding America and Meals on Wheels to help offset childhood hunger and food insecurity amid widespread school closures.
Published at Mon, 16 Mar 2020 18:41:17 +0000