Biloxi Shuckers delay start of 2020 season
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Mar 13, 2020,
Mar 13, 2020, 0:28
MLB also indefinitely postponed World Baseball Classic qualifier games and delayed the start of the 2020 regular season for at least two weeks.
"MLB and the clubs have been preparing a variety of contingency plans regarding the 2020 regular season schedule", the baseball commissioner's office said in a statement.
The Pittsburgh Pirates were set to open their season at PNC Park on April 2 with the Cincinnati Reds while the Philadelphia Phillies were slated to open their season at home on the same day against the Milwaukee Brewers. The formal opener had been scheduled for March 31 against the Los Angeles Angels.
"We appreciate your patience as we work with Major League Baseball and local health and government agencies towards a resolution that is best for the continued safety of the entire extended Dodger family".
If MLB is able to resume play during the second week of April, the Dodgers will have missed games against the San Francisco Giants (six), Colorado Rockies (three) and St. Louis Cardinals (three).
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Should the mayor or governor issue a ban on public gatherings through the end of the month, it would impact the opening series of the season on the South Side, where the White Sox are scheduled to host the Kansas City Royals from March 26 through March 29.
In 2001, following the September 11 terrorist attacks, the baseball season stopped for a week.
Passan reported that the majority of players wanted games to stop after the National Basketball Association announced that its season would be suspended Wednesday night.
Major League Baseball and the Clubs have been preparing a variety of contingency plans regarding the 2020 regular season schedule. "It's important to know that some things are bigger than baseball, bigger than sports at the moment".
In the meantime, Spring Training games continue today with crowds, ostensibly because there have not been major COVID-19 outbreaks in central Arizona or throughout Florida, but it's hard to imagine that not changing.