From Stephanie Springer at Baseball Prospectus on March 6, 2020:
COVID-19, the the illness caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, has become an urgent public health concern, and it’s fair to wonder how it will impact the game of baseball in 2020. As anyone who follows the sport beyond the borders of the United States is already well aware, that’s not a matter of if or when—the novel coronavirus has already made its presence felt in the baseball world. What remains to be seen is how it will affect the onrushing major-league season.
In Japan, Nippon Professional Baseball has prohibited spectators from both major league spring training games and minor league instructional games, and teams have been playing in empty stadiums. It remains to be seen whether the NPB regular season will begin on time, with or without spectators.
Read the full article here: https://www.baseballprospectus.com/news/article/57536/what-does-coronavirus-mean-for-mlb/
Originally published: March 6, 2020. Last Updated: March 6, 2020.