We wrote this morning about the new recommended guidelines released late on Sunday night from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC) and restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks and how that would almost certainly lead to baseball, and sporting events as a whole being pushed back. Well it didn’t take long for Major League Baseball to confirm that would be happening – they just released this 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 for 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 suite. MLB extends its best wishes to all the individuals and communities who have been impacted by the coronavirus.
They have not given any dates, and this time around, unlike the last update provided that was “at least two weeks delayed for opening day”, aren’t offering any guess at a timeline, either. With that said, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says that he is hearing that July 4th is the best case scenario for the start of the season.
Nearly every day the MLB expected shutdown is pushed back farther. Not a good trend. I'm hearing July 4 now is best case scenario.
— Tom (@Haudricourt) March 16, 2020
It’s going to be a while, folks.