After an incredible 14-year career in Major League Baseball, former Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones is preparing for his first professional baseball season in Japan.
On Tuesday, the centerfielder launched his first home run of the spring in an exhibition game. But due to the recent outbreak of coronavirus, no fans were present to see it happen. A week ago, the Japanese Baseball League announced that the remainder of all exhibition games would be played in empty stadiums in order to prevent to outbreak from spreading even further.
Following the game, Jones posted a picture of him on his Instagram with that special home run ball in his mouth, hoping to gift it to one lucky fan.
"Since we can’t have fans at the game for the exhibition games I hope someone awesome gets this gift," Jones wrote. "It might have my germs on it though."
League officials sent out a press release on Sunday that the Japanese Pro-Baseball regular season opener is also in serious doubt due to coronavirus. Opening Day is expected to be March 20.
Coronavirus has been confirmed to spread into the United States, prompting multiple American sports leagues to take precautions. However, Major League Baseball does not currently plan to postpone or cancel games just yet.
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