MLB delays opening day by at least 2 weeks because of virus, suspends spring training schedule

Major League Baseball delays opening day by at least 2 weeks, suspends spring training schedule.

Posted: Mar 12, 2020 12:24 PM
Updated: Mar 12, 2020 4:18 PM

NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Baseball is delaying the start of its season by at least two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Opening day had been scheduled for March 26. MLB also has suspended the rest of its spring training game schedule.

MLB had continued to play into Thursday but changed course after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he strongly recommended to local authorities and organizers that they limit all mass gatherings.

The March 26 start had been baseball's earliest scheduled opening other than for international games.

MLB had not had a mass postponement of openers since 1995, when the season was shortened from 162 games to 144 after a strike.

RELATED: NBA suspends season until further notice over coronavirus

Also in sports, the National Hockey League, which shares arenas and facilities with the National Basketball Association, announced Thursday it is pausing the rest of the season's games because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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