In a move that felt inevitable in the wake of similar decisions by several other leagues, Major League Baseball is expected to suspend all operations as of Thursday afternoon. Jeff Passan first reported on ESPN that the decision to cancel spring training games and delay of the regular season is “a formality.”
After a conference call among owners this afternoon, Major League Baseball is expected to suspend spring training. The league likely will delay the beginning of the regular season as well. At this point, it's a formality that ownership-level sources expect to happen.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 12, 2020
More on this developing story as it becomes available.
From Joel Sherman, a conference call between Rob Manfred and team owners is scheduled soon with an announcement coming shortly thereafter. Games in Florida are currently underway.
In an hour there is a conference call with Rob Manfred and the 30 owners. MLB will make an official announcement afterward.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) March 12, 2020
Well, folks, it’s official. Spring training has been suspended and the regular season is being pushed back by at least two weeks. We’ll unpack the details of this as it unfolds and becomes more apparent over the coming days.
Statement from Major League Baseball: pic.twitter.com/0bWS5VTRPu
— MLB (@MLB) March 12, 2020