Minor League Baseball has announced that the regular season will be delayed. This comes about an hour after Major League Baseball made a similar announcement.
Here is the statement from Minor League Baseball:
In light of the current coronavirus outbreak, and after consultation with medical professionals and our partners at Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball will delay the start of the 2020 Championship Season. We will continue to monitor the developments and will announce additional information about the 2020 season at a later date. We will work with Major League Baseball and our community partners to resume play as soon as it is safe to do so. The health and safety of Minor League Baseball fans, players and executives is our top priority, and our thoughts are with those around the world who have been affected by this outbreak.
The Dayton Dragons also sent out a statement a few minutes prior to that, releasing this:
DAYTON, OH — The Dayton Dragons have just learned of the Governor’s order regarding the coronavirus situation and the prohibiting of large gatherings and outdoor events of over 100 people, including stadiums and arenas. The Dragons’ #1 priority is, and always has been, the health, safety, and protection of our fans, employees, players and coaches.
The Dragons are currently gathering information and working with City, County, and State leaders, as well as public health officials. The Dragons will be communicating with Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball, and the Midwest League regarding the current situation.
There is still much to learn prior to the scheduled opening of our 21st season. When we know more about the start of the 2020 season, we will contact all our ticketing clients, fans, and other members of our community.
Again, the Dayton Dragons’ #1 concern is for the health, safety, and protection of our fans, employees, players, and coaches, as we remain committed to providing the same great customer service and safe, clean, family-friendly entertainment to which our fans have grown accustomed. Our thoughts are with those around the world who have been affected.