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MLB’s Opening Day has been pushed back. When will baseball start?

The coronvirus pandemic is delaying baseball’s Opening Day. This is the latest news from MLB.

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Baseball season has been delayed again. As the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic reached the United States, MLB decided push back Opening Day, originally scheduled for late March, by two weeks. That plan sounded optimistic even at the time, and as it turns out it didn’t even last four days.

MLB has confirmed that it will be following new guidance from the Center for Disease Control, which recommends that gatherings of more than 50 people be suspended for at least eight weeks. That would put Opening Day at mid-May at earliest. Given the situation is dynamic and evolving, it would not be an enormous surprise to see that date moved even further back into summer.

At this point it seems highly unlikely MLB will be able to cram a full 162 games into what’ll be left of the 2020 season. It’s also unclear what will happen with minor league pay, or the event staff reliant on MLB games for employment.

When will MLB Opening Day happen?

We still don’t know. The best case scenario is likely playing games without fans in mid-May. If baseball follows the NBA’s lead, that date could be pushed back to June.

We’ll keep this post updated as the story develops.