Major League Baseball cancels spring training, delays start of regular season

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 01: The Cleveland Indians grounds crew preps the field prior to the Opening Day game against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field on April 1, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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CLEVELAND, OH — Major League Baseball announced that spring training games have been cancelled and 2020 Opening Day will be delayed by at least two weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“This action is being taken in the interests of the safety and well-being of our players, Clubs and our millions of loyal fans,” they said in a statement.

Commissioner Rob Manfred talked with all 30 owners and decided that this was best for everyone involved.

Major League Baseball is still working on contingency plans regarding the 2020 regular season.

"Everybody is well-informed about it. Everybody is concerned," Francisco Lindor said on Thursday morning. "It doesn't matter who you are, you can get it. You start thinking of family back home, family in different part of the states and you start telling people not to travel."

They are the latest professional sports organization to suspend play.

The NBA, NHL and MLS have all went on hiatus due to coronavirus concerns.

2020 Opening Day to be delayed by at least two weeks; Spring Training Games cancelled beginning today; and @WBCBaseball Qualifier games postponed indefinitely due to the national emergency created by the coronavirus pandemic.

— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) March 12, 2020