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Opening Day Delayed

Updated: Mar 24

The next big sporting event to take place while the NCAA Tournament was going on was to be Opening Day. For a huge baseball fan, like myself, this day I look forward to as soon as pitchers and catchers report in early February. On Thursday March 12, 2020, the day the sports world stood still, Major League Baseball has cancelled the remainder of its Spring Training games, also announcing that the start of the 2020 regular season will be delayed by at least two weeks due to the national emergency created by the Coronavirus pandemic. Opening Day was originally scheduled for Thursday, March 26.


Obviously we can’t blame MLB for doing this; it is in the best health interest of everyone involved to have this delay. The 2020 World Baseball Classic Qualifier games scheduled to be played in Tucson, Ariz., have also been postponed indefinitely, and Minor League Baseball announced that it is postponing its Opening Day -- originally scheduled for Thursday, April 9 -- to a to-be-determined date. Multiple teams had already pulled their scouts off the road as a result of this public health crisis.


This situation is fluid, and more information will come out as it develops. MLB is preparing for a shortened season, the question is how shortened of a season. Right now that can’t be determined, I just hope the season doesn’t start at the All Star break and that this pandemic does not cause there to be no World Series, like the strike of 1995. The bright side to all this is that the Yankees have more time to get healthy and field a full squad when the season does finally start.


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