Amid the frenzied madness caused by the recent rise of the Coronavirus, Major League Baseball has decided to suspend spring training. The league will also push back the start of the regular season by at least two weeks, as said earlier today by Commisioner Rob Manfred.
This is now the third major American sport shut down since last night, following the news of a positive Coronavirus test result in NBA player, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert.
The game was called off moments before tip off by team doctors last night in Oklahoma City, and the league announced the season would be suspended around 9:30 p.m. Earlier today and just this afternoon, the NHL and MLB also made the same decision.
What this means for the Orioles is as of 4:00 p.m. on March 12, 2020, all spring training games will be suspended. The Orioles loss to the Blue Jays on Wednesday will be the last game played for the foreseeable future.
Here is a statement released by the Orioles:
With Opening Day being pushed back at least two weeks, that leaves a lot of uncertainties for fans and time for things to change. What we recommend is to hold off on purchasing any game tickets for now. If you have already purchased tickets, update yourself on the development of the situation in terms of rescheduling or refunds.
As more details arise, the Orioles will keep fans up to speed via social media. In the meantime, all our hearts go out to the people affected by this virus, as well as everyone who’s occupational livelihood is affected.
It is with sad hearts to say we all at The Baltimore Battery will provide updates on the situation as more details develop, so be sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.