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Baseball insiders don’t think the game is back until at least May

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ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 25: Baseballs sit in the St. Louis Cardinals dugout prior to a game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on April 25, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by David Welker/Getty Images)

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Yesterday Major League Baseball said that the start of the 2020 season would be delayed “at least two weeks.”

Emphasis on the “at least.”

This morning Jeff Passan reported that an Opening Day of April 9 -- two weeks after the originally scheduled March 26 Opening Day -- is highly unlikely. Passan, on TV this morning, after being asked if April 9 was likely:

“From everybody that I speak to, players, executives, officials, people at the union, the answer is no. And if there is baseball on April 9, something went really, really well across the country . . . the expectation at this point among almost everybody, is that we’re not going to see baseball until May.”

Passan correctly noted, however, that things can turn on a dime. Indeed, at dinnertime on Wednesday everything was proceeding as normal. Before we went to bed an NBA player tested positive for coronavirus, the NBA canceled it season and all Hell was breaking loose. As Passan said, “the news cycle here and the decision-making matrix is moving so quickly that the idea that we know what’s going on two hours from now, let alone two weeks from now, just is not the case.”

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