March 16 Update
Major League Baseball on Thursday joined other major sports in immediately suspending spring training due to the coronavirus pandemic. The league also announced that Opening Day would be pushed back at least two weeks.
Following a call with the 30 Clubs, and after consultation with the Major League Baseball Players Association, Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. today announced that MLB has decided to suspend Spring Training games and to delay the start of the 2020 regular season by at least two weeks due to the national emergency created by the coronavirus pandemic. This action is being taken in the interests of the safety and well-being of our players, Clubs and our millions of loyal fans.
MLB will continue to evaluate ongoing events leading up to the start of the season. Guidance related to daily operations and workouts will be relayed to Clubs in the coming days. As of 4:00 p.m. (ET) today, forthcoming Spring Training games have been cancelled, and 2020 World Baseball Classic Qualifier games in Tucson, Arizona have been postponed indefinitely.
MLB and the Clubs have been preparing a variety of contingency plans regarding the 2020 regular season schedule. MLB will announce the effects on the schedule at an appropriate time and will remain flexible as events warrant, with the hope of resuming normal operations as soon as possible.
Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our players, employees and fans. MLB will continue to undertake the precautions and best practices recommended by public health experts. We send our best wishes to all individuals and communities that have been impacted by coronavirus.
Major League BaseballMarch 12, 2020
The Red Sox followed with their own statement in support of the league’s decision and announcing that all Fenway Park and JetBlue Park tours and events have been suspended indefinitely. The club said Season Ticket holders will be issued a credit on their account for all un-played games.
Baseball’s move, which seemed unlikely just a week ago, became almost expected following Wednesday’s NBA decision to suspend its season indefinitely. Earlier on Thursday, the NHL likewise suspended their season.