Update 3/16/20: Baseball will be pushed back at least a little longer than originally thought. According to a statement released today by MLB Commissioner Robert D. Manfed Jr., the league will follow CDC updated guidelines that suggest canceling public events for eight weeks. If all goes well, that eight-week timeline could mean games starting around May 11.
“The clubs remain committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins,” the statement read. “We will continue to monitor ongoing events and undertake the cautions and best practices recommended by public health experts, and urge all baseball fans to follow suit.”
Major League Baseball will postpone the 2020 season due to COVID-19. Opening Day games, including that of the Dodgers, will be pushed back by at least two weeks, after which the organization will reassess the situation. Spring training games have been canceled effective today.
“This action is being taken in the interests of the safety and well-being of our players, Clubs, and our millions of loyal fans,” read today’s statement from MLB commissioner Robert D. Manfed Jr.
Opening Day at Dodger Stadium was scheduled for March 26. Under the new policy, it will now be no earlier than the second week of April. However, the season could be pushed back even further if the outbreak has worsened at that time.
“MLB and the Clubs have been preparing a variety of contingency plans regarding the 2020 regular season schedule,” the statement reads. “MLB will announce the effects on the schedule at an appropriate time and will remain flexible as events warrant, with the hope of resuming normal operations as soon as possible.”
Prior to the MLB announcement, California’s Department of Public Health had already called for the postponement of any public gathering of more than 250 individuals. In the last 24 hours, both the NBA and NHL have moved to suspend their in-progress seasons until further notice.