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Indians release statement following MLB’s decision to delay Opening Day

No baseball until at least Apr. 9, possibly later

Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians
You won’t be seeing this view for at least a month, maybe longer
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Major League Baseball has officially delayed the start of the 2020 season until at least Apr. 9, with further delays possible over concerns regarding the Coronavirus pandemic.

Following the announcement, the Indians issued the following statement:

Cleveland, OH— The Cleveland Indians organization issued the following statement following Major League Baseball’s decision today to delay the 2020 season and suspending Spring Training games:

We are aware of Commissioner Robert Manfred’s decision today to delay the start of the 2020 MLB regular season by at least two weeks and suspending Spring Training games. We fully support today’s decision as the safety of our community, fans and our employees/uniformed staff is of the utmost importance.

We will provide further details as soon as we have more clarity from MLB on the status of the start of our season.

MLB has not yet announced what changes, if any, will be made with the schedule. If Opening Day actually occurs on Apr. 9, and if no changes are made to the schedule the Indians would skip two series against the Tigers and one against the White Sox and Twins. They would open the season at home against the Rays.