(Story by Marco Stoovelaar)
Opening Major League-season pushed back further
NEW YORK CITY, New York (USA) -
The opening of the Major League-season has been pushed back further, as was announced on Monday (March 16) following Sunday's recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control urging a nationwide halt if gatherings of more than 50 people.
Last Thursday, MLB already was announced that the start of the season was delayed by at least two weeks due to the spread of the coronavirus.
On that day, Spring Training was also halted, effective immediately.
On Monday, Major League Baseball issued the following statement:
,,Today Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. conducted a conference call with the 30 Clubs of Major League Baseball.
Following last night’s newly updated recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks, the opening of the 2020 regular season will be pushed back in accordance with that guidance.
MLB will keep fans updated on decisions regarding plans for the 2020 schedule in the days and weeks ahead.
The Clubs remain committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins.
We will continue to monitor ongoing events and undertake the precautions and best practices recommended by public health experts, and urge all baseball fans to follow suit.
MLB extends its best wishes to all the individuals and communities who have been impacted by the coronavirus''.
It was also announced on Monday that Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have donated one million dollar to food organizations Feeding America and Meals on Wheels.
Feeding America distributes funds to local food banks in high-need areas, Meals on Wheels provides in-home meals for senior citizens in need.