- Title: Major League Baseball postpones start of season due to coronavirus
- Date: 13th March 2020
- Summary: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (FILE - NOVEMBER 2, 2019) (UNRESTRICTED POOL) WASHINGTON NATIONALS PLAYERS ON BUS AT PARADE TO CELEBRATE WINNING THE 2019 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL (MLB) WORLD SERIES NATIONALS PLAYER RYAN ZIMMERMAN ON BUS HOLDING UP WORLD SERIES TROPHY ZIMMERMAN SPEAKING ONSTAGE AT RALLY AFTER PARADE AND NATIONALS PLAYERS DOING GROUP HUG
- Keywords: MLB Major League Baseball baseball coronavirus
- Reuters ID: LVA004C4R0Y87
- Location: WASHINGTON, DC ; ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES / LONDON, ENGLAND / INTERNET
- City: WASHINGTON, DC ; ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES / LONDON, ENGLAND / INTERNET
- Country: Various
- Duration: 00:00:30
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Baseball,Sport
- Story Text: Major League Baseball will delay its 2020 season's opening day by at least two weeks and halt spring training due to the coronavirus, it said on Thursday (March 12) , joining other North American leagues whose seasons have been disrupted by the pandemic.
The 162-game MLB season had been scheduled to start on March 26 with all 30 teams taking the field.
"This action is being taken in the interests of the safety and well-being of our players, clubs and our millions of loyal fans," the league said in a statement.
"MLB will continue to evaluate ongoing events leading up to the start of the season."
The league added that it 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.
Some teams reportedly were giving their players the option to continue training with their clubs or return home to be with their families.
The delay marks the first time the MLB season has not begun on schedule due to a non-labor-related issue.
The start of the 1972 and 1995 seasons was delayed due to strikes and the beginning of the 1990 season was postponed due to a lockout, although in all three cases the seasons got underway before the end of April.
The National Basketball Association on Wednesday suspended its season until further notice after a player on the Utah Jazz tested positive for the virus.
Earlier on Thursday, the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer suspended their seasons due to the global outbreak.
The NCAA also called off its annual "March Madness" college basketball championships on Thursday.
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