MLB Delays Opening Day by At Least 8 Weeks


Major League Baseball has pushed back the start of its regular season by at least eight weeks in accordance with new recommendations from the US government regarding the coronavirus pandemic, the league said on Monday.

MLB informed all 30 teams of the postponement on a conference call on Monday, according to a league statement.

Last week, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the cancellation of Spring Training and at least a two-week postponement for Opening Day.

Monday's announcement came after the US Centers for Disease Control on Sunday advised against gatherings of 50 people or more for the next two months.

The league's teams want to play as many games as possible once the season starts, the statement said.

Spring Training was well underway when the coronavirus panic brought the sports world to a standstill last week. Thousands of players, gathered in Florida and Arizona to prepare for the regular season, were initially held in camp before being told they could return to their team's cities or their homes.

On Sunday, MLB confirmed its first coronavirus case after a Yankees minor leaguer tested positive.

Opening Day was originally scheduled for March 26.