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MLB Pulls the Plug on Rest of Spring Training

Major League Baseball becomes the latest sport to postpone action in light of the coronavirus pandemic, canceling spring-training games effective immediately and delaying the start of the regular season for at least two weeks.

In addition, 2020 World Baseball Classic Qualifier games in Tucson, Arizona have been postponed indefinitely.

The move comes after a meeting this morning with Commissioner Rob Manfred and the reps from all 30 teams.

Major League Baseball had struggled with an appropriate response to the coronavirus pandemic and is the last major sport to announce a postponement of the season: MLS, NBA and NHL all announced season postponements or pauses yesterday and this morning.

According to a press release issued by Major League Baseball, “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.”

No word yet on potential refunds.

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