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MLB suspends Spring Training, regular season to be delayed over coronavirus concerns

Major League Baseball is suspending baseball games while figuring out next steps.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred speaks to the media before announcing the All-MLB team during the MLB Winter Meetings at Manchester Grand Hyatt. Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Baseball is suspending Spring Training and will postpone the start of the 2020 season due to growing concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak. The league made official a plan that will result in a delay of at least two weeks to the start of the 2020 regular season. Spring Training has been underway but will be suspended effective 4:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 12th.

MLB is falling in line with pretty much every other major sporting league, most of which have announced similar precautions with the virus spreading more rapidly. Among the leagues to stop play are the NBA and MLS, as well as NCAA conference tournaments. Other leagues are expected to follow suit at some point. It’s unclear at this time when any of these leagues will resume play. We’ll keep an eye on updates as they develop.