The start of Major League Baseballs 2020 season has been postponed by two weeks following the increased outbreak of the coronavirus. Suspensions on spring training games have been implemented as well, forcing the opening day of this season to be on March 26th. This information came directly from Rob Manfred, the MLB Commissioner. It’s not known if each outfit in MLB will experience a 162-game season.
Giancarlo Stanton, the New York Yankees Batter, provided his public thoughts on this announcement. He mentioned that proper measures must be taken to ensure that supporters of Major League Baseball aren’t exposed to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Throughout his statements, it was noted that public health is more important than baseball and sports as a whole. This doesn’t mean that Giancarlo Stanton isn’t hoping MLB won’t be postponed anymore and that the season will start shortly.
The confirmation of Spring Trainings cancellation came while multiple outfits were still determining strategies for the upcoming season. It should be noted that the National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Soccer also postponed their respective seasons. MLS and the NHL implemented the most robust enforcement actions to ensure limited spread.
The father of Giancarlo, John Stanton, also provided his remarks on the MLB postponement. It was mentioned that ultimately, we’re all people who enjoy baseball but love their families. Ensuring public safety is the most important factor moving forward. The Seattle Mariners Owner will lose hundreds of thousands in profits following a prolonged postponement of professional baseball. John Stanton noted that he believes the season will start on April 9th but that the COVID-19 Situation is changing daily.
The Beginning of the End
The 2020 Major League Baseball Season was slated to begin on March 13th at Camden Yards, Dodger Stadium, Fenway Park and other notable locations throughout North America. Alterations to the opening day followed after Ron DeSantis, the Governor of Florida, held a public news conference to recommend that organizers limit Major League Baseballs training sessions.
Ron DeSantis pulled out his trump card, noting that Ron Manfred has created multiple contingency plans for the upcoming 2020 season. It’s unknown what those contingency plans involve, with MLB confirming that an announcement will be provided for April 9th. It should be noted that the season cost to entirely postponed following the decision of the American Government, with multiple countries worldwide already banning all variations of sporting activities for a prolonged period.