MLB suspends Spring Training, pushes back Opening Day due to Coronavirus

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By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

Following a call between MLB teams and the commissioners office, the league is going forward with a number of scheduling changes in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. ESPN's Jeff Passan was the first to report the news Thursday afternoon.

Spring Training will be suspended, with the suspension officially going into effect as early as Thursday night. Multiple games were already in action when the announcement was made, but Thursday evening's games may not happen. The Boston Red Sox are off on Thursday.

In addition to suspending Spring Training, the league will likely push back Opening Day and delay the start of the season. According to Passan, that step is "a formality that ownership-level sources expect to happen."

Multiple teams were already expected to play their home openers in empty ballparks or in alternate locations. The Red Sox were expected to open their season on the road March 26 in Toronto, with their home opener coming April 2. Both of those dates are now in question.

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