Major League Baseball will suspend spring training and all operations in response to the spread of coronavirus, according multiple reports, including from ESPN's Jeff Passan. The start of the regular season will also likely be delayed, Passan notes. The decision comes after the league's owners discussed plans on a conference call Thursday afternoon and just days after MLB had been reportedly investigating potential contingency plans, including playing games outside of their scheduled markets and playing them in front of empty stadiums.
MLB has not yet made an official announcement, and spring training games in Florida were being played as scheduled on Thursday afternoon with fans in attendance.
The National Basketball Association was the first of the major American leagues to act, suspending its season on Wednesday night after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus prior to the start of a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. MLS followed suit Thursday, shutting down operations for 30 days.
Earlier this week, the Seattle Mariners released the following statement after Washington governor Jay Inslee announced a ban on public gatherings of more than 250 people.