Coronavirus in Sport – the impact on Baseball

This is a continuously updated account of how baseball has been impacted by the developing coronavirus pandemic. For information on how the virus has affected other sports, click here.

MLB

1st April - Major League Baseball has cancelled its London Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs because of the coronavirus pandemic. The two teams were set to play two games at West Ham's Olympic Stadium, on June 13 and 14.

27th March - Owners of Major League Baseball teams and the players' union have come to an agreement on service-time payment amongst other assurances in exchange for the players not suing the league if the 2020 season is cancelled. There were also agreements made that the league would not start the season until bans on mass gatherings and travel restrictions were lifted.

19th March - MLB officials have said that compensation packages will be made available to minor league players out of work due to the suspension of all sporting activity in the United States.

16th March - MLB has announced that the start of the 2020 regular season will be pushed back further still from the initial two-week postponement scheduled for the 9th of April.

Nippon Professional Baseball

1st April - A further delay of the start of the season is to be discussed in a meeting on Friday April 3.

24th March - NPB teams are playing pre-season games behind closed doors with the league setting a target date of the 24th of April to begin the regular season, although likely still without fans.

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