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MLB delays 2020 regular season, cancels spring training amid coronavirus outbreak

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MLB delays 2020 regular season, cancels spring training amid coronavirus outbreak

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. 

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.

Red Sox hold touching Memorial Day tribute at Fenway Park

Red Sox hold touching Memorial Day tribute at Fenway Park

The Boston Red Sox on Monday paid tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States of America.

At a nearly-empty Fenway Park, the Red Sox honored Memorial Day by dropping the American flag over the Green Monster. Robert Bean, a Medford, MA native and retired member of the United States Marine Corps and National Guard, performed “Taps” to top off the moving tribute.

See more from the ceremony below:


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Boston was supposed to host the Kansas City Royals for a Memorial Day matchup. Unfortunately, we were unable to be treated to baseball on the holiday, but credit to the Red Sox for going on with their tribute to our fallen heroes.

Who are the best center fielders in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

Who are the best center fielders in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

The Red Sox have employed all manner of center fielders throughout their history.

Whereas left field has generally been home to run producers and right to all-around threats, the men in the middle have covered a wide range of styles. There are straight speedsters like Jacoby Ellsbury, defensive dynamos like Jackie Bradley Jr., fun-loving eccentric types like Johnny Damon, underappreciated standouts like Ellis Burks, and even plodding sluggers like Tony Armas.

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Only in recent years have the Red Sox consistently prioritized defense in the role, from Coco Crisp to Ellsbury to Bradley.

But that doesn't mean they haven't featured some talented players there, including a turn-of-century Hall of Famer, the younger brother of baseball royalty, and the one who fans over 50 still lament got away.

Click here for the Top 5 center fielders in Red Sox history.