As sports leagues all around the U.S. and the world began to cancel and postpone events this week, it seemed like it was only a matter of time before MLB took necessary precautions to avoid the spread of the growing coronavirus concerns. On Thursday MLB announced that effective Friday, March 13 it would be suspending all spring training events indefinitely, and the delay could potentially impact the start of the regular season.
Baseball has recently come under scrutiny for continuing their regularly scheduled spring training games in spite of growing concerns about transmission among large groups. Several players have voiced limited concerns over the virus, but after Utah Jazz players Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell tested positive, the NBA postponed the remainder of their regular season until an undetermined later date.
Similar move by the NHL:
The NHL has “paused” its season Thursday one day after the NBA did the same amid concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. All NHL teams cancelled their morning skates, practices and team meetings earlier in the day Thursday under the advisement of the League. The NHL, NBA, MLB and MLS restricted media access to locker rooms earlier this week amid fears of spreading the virus.