The start of the 2020 Major League Baseball season will be delayed.
The league announced Thursday that the regular season won't begin March 26 as originally scheduled. It has been delayed at least two weeks. All 30 teams were scheduled to begin their season on that day. Furthermore, all remaining spring training games have been canceled. The final day of spring training games had been March 24.
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. pic.twitter.com/yCgUHkdfpF— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) March 12, 2020
This decision from the MLB comes shortly after the NBA decided on Wednesday to suspend its regular season after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus. The MLS announced Thursday the suspension of its season for 30 days. The NHL also announced Thursday it's temporarily pausing the 2019-20 season. Several college basketball and hockey tournaments, in addition to other sporting events, also have been canceled or postponed over the last few days.
The Boston Red Sox were set to open the regular season on the road versus the Toronto Blue Jays on March 26. Boston's home opener at Fenway Park was scheduled for April 2 versus the Chicago White Sox.