MLB meeting to discuss suspension of Spring Training/Regular Season due to COVID-19

mlb_logoRepresentatives from all 30 MLB teams are currently on a conference call regarding plans of action for ongoing the COVID-19 pandemic. After today's games (the Cubs game has already been called due to inclement weather), the suspension of both the Cactus and Grapefruit League play is expected. A potential delay to the start of the regular season is also on the table.

It was announced last night, after a member of the Utah Jazz tested positive for the virus, that the NBA season is being suspended. MLS has also suspended its season. The NHL is considering the same action. Multiple NCAA tournaments have been canceled or will be played without fans in attendance.

The Cubs have ordered their scouts on the road to return home.

I will try to update this article throughout the day as information comes out.

UPDATE 1:

UPDATE 2:

The NHL has officially suspended their season.

UPDATE 3:

UPDATE 4:
It's official, according to Ken Rosenthal:

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  • Thanks, Michael. We're all bummed about missing baseball, but the important thing at this time is to be safe. We'll get a better understanding of the situation and then play ball. The best advice for everyone is to inform yourself and take the necessary precautions, for yourself and to prevent the spread.

    Go Cubs!

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    Living in the Seattle area, I've been impacted much earlier than many others in this country. I am amazed at how slow the response has been, as my friends from China quickly made me realize this was going to be big (they lived through SARS). There are much bigger things than sports. I hope everyone has prepared or is preparing for long disruptions in everyday life. Schools here are closed for 2-4 weeks. Most folks who can work virtually have been for some time now. Stay safe out there, stock up on essentials like beer and non-perishables, and hopefully you don't have to go out to the madness. Take care everyone!

  • In reply to Joe Martínez:

    You are a wise man, Joe, and I will take your advice to stock up on beer. As if I needed a reason. Stay safe, my friend, and encourage those in your community to take preventative measures.

    This is one of those rare instances when life supercedes baseball, and we need to respect that. Cubs Den has historically been Cubs-focused, but John carved out a little slice for major social events that impact both. We are here, and the best thing we can do is to support and inform one another.

    The loss of baseball, for now, sucks. But we are facing an uncertain future. I say let this play out, and then we will play ball. We are going to be OK.

    I usually post lyrics when the mood strikes, but I got nothing right now. I will later, and maybe a personal, in-depth look at how I am trying to not contract this virus in fear of passing it on to more vulnerable people I care for. That's all we can do for now. Take care of your loved ones, don't spread the virus, and wash your hands.

    We will play baseball, and we enjoy.

    Go Cubs!

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    Sports are important but our health supersedes that. We're going through something that I've never seen before. My local library has closed for the foreseeable future and the store shelves are looking bare. At least we can talk here, but there is no safe haven.
    As everyone has said, wash your hands for 20 secs and be careful. This will pass, but I am so sorry for all those people who depend others to spend money--those who work in parks and restaurants and service industries, and so many children who depend on schools to feed them twice a day. Let's get through this without politics and help each other.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Well said.

  • The more I read, the more it looks like the MLB will have to cancel the whole season. Even if we get it under control, we will have to keep it under control into the fall and Winter or it will come back. Large gatherings of people will have to stop. Only recently tested and cleared people will be ok'd for gathering in groups. And we will keep having to get tested. Crazy world.

  • In reply to Oneear:

    I don’t think it will come to that. I’m going to ‘predict’ that they will begin a new pre-season around mid May & real games to start around mid June. Just my hunch.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    Can I ask why you believe largish groups will be allowed to gather in just under 2 months already? Especially as real precautions are still not being taken everywhere in the US? There is a model of what's happened around the world with this pandemic and only in the places that have gone to complete quarantine and isolation before the medical issues got out of control have they shortened the length of time where. As I see it, our country isn't all in on that model yet.

    Hoping everyone is acting responsibly and is well...

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    My older sister lives in Guangzhou China. When you go out in China, they record your temperature & info. Every open business, public place, plus random checks on the street

    The real question I'm waiting on, is when China goes back to work what happens with the virus?

    Baseball, I still wish the Cubs would have traded some core players this offseason.

  • In reply to Naujack:

    I have a friend whose job is to build the Universal Theme Park in Bejing. He came back for a funeral just before the travel ban. Now they have him working in Orlando. He's going back to Bejing next week because they are able to get back to work because of testing. Orlando is shut down.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    How are real actions not being taken? 1 out of 4 Americans have stay at home mandates. Chicago, New York and Los Angeles are shut down.

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    ‘Real actions’ = ventilators, masks, protective equipment for health providers and most of all truth and intelligence from leadership.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    You should stop watching Cnn

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    I see a complete lack of competence currently in leadership. Clownish.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    Just so you know political rhetoric is strictly prohibited on this site. It was one of the few rules made by its founder .

  • In reply to Oldno7:

    Two weeks ago, ‘we have 15 cases of CV, pretty soon it’ll be down to 2, then miraculously it’ll be zero’.
    Old 7, I bet you been drinking the Fox coolaide for a long long time. A very gullible person.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    all are being manufactured

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    That's exactly how. 1 out of 4 have stay at home mandates. Everyone but the essential workers and healthcare workers should be staying at home. If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. The virus spreads when people are out and about as they leave their viral germs on things. If everybody stayed home, the virus couldn't spread. It can't just survive on surfaces forever. So, in essence, your question already contained the answer. It should basically be 4 out of 4 are staying home, except...

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    I'm not sure where you live but I'm in the Chicago suburbs and most people are staying home. Everywhere schools, restaurants, parks, bars, malls, beaches, stores, etc are closed.
    Media will show exceptions but most people are doing the right thing.

  • Disagree - from what I read baseball should get at least a half season in.

  • This is for cubbustible; just shut up loser. This site is not for your political views. Huff post and politico have a comment section and all the views are the same. You will fit in well there. Ha-ha!( as voiced by Nelson muntz)

  • In reply to Oldno7:

    This site also has a policy of not attacking people personally. Please state your objection in a respectful manor.

  • In reply to Oneear:

    MYOB. He can speak for himself..

  • In reply to Oldno7:

    It is my business as a member of this community.

  • In reply to Oneear:

    Like I said earlier, MYOB.

  • Ahh,... what should have been opening day,... It's a beautiful & sunny day here just outside of DC,... Did take a break from today's telework (I'm one of those semi-essential types). Tomorrow it's back to the lab for the day. They are trying to improve our 'social distancing' by only having about half or less of us in to keep the regulatory testing going and most of us are only in 2-3 days a week now.

    Did get out for a nice walk with my dog during my lunch break,...

    Hope you all are well, safe and healthy - and stay that way.

  • Damn I miss baseball

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