Major League Baseball has made the decision to delay the start of the 2020 season due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19.
The season was supposed to kick off with all 30 teams — including the Cincinnati Reds' home opener at Great American Ball Park — playing games on Thursday, March 26.
MLB said it was suspending all spring-training games effective at 4 p.m. today. The regular season's start will be delayed at least two weeks, the league said.
Statement from Major League Baseball: pic.twitter.com/0bWS5VTRPu— MLB (@MLB) March 12, 2020
The Reds were likely not going to be able to play at Great American Ball Park with fans in attendance anyway. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced on Thursday that all mass gatherings with more than 100 people were prohibited throughout the state of Ohio.
Last night the NBA announced it was suspending play until further notice; the NHL announced the same today, as did Major League Soccer.
Cincinnati's annual Opening Day Parade was canceled yesterday following statements from Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and DeWine that recommended the cancelation of all large public gatherings.