Reports: MLB spring training expected to be suspended amid coronavirus pandemic


In the wake of the NBA and Major League Soccer suspending their seasons, and college basketball tournaments being canceled across the country, baseball could be next.

According to multiple reports, there's a feeling that spring training games will soon be suspended due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19.

With only two weeks until Opening Day, there is plenty of concern among fans and observers that the start of the regular season could be delayed.

So far, Major League Baseball has announced no steps to alter the spring or regular season schedules. But city and state governments are acting to prevent the worsening of the coronavirus pandemic by banning large public gatherings in Seattle, San Francisco and Houston. In California, public health officials recommended a statewide ban on such events.

Chicago might join that list soon, with Mayor Lori Lightfoot and J.B. Pritzker saying that they have been in contact with the city's professional teams.

But in Arizona and Florida, the league is expected to take action that will bring an abrupt end to Cactus and Grapefruit League games. The White Sox have 10 games remaining on their spring schedule plus a pair of exhibition games against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix. The Cubs have 13 games left on their spring schedule. The two Chicago teams are scheduled to face off on Friday in Glendale.

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