Major League Baseball cancels games in Mexico due to coronavirus
Sporting events continue to give way to the coronavirus pandemic or COVID 19. Now it was Mexican Major League Baseball (MLB) fans who were affected. This Monday, MLB extended the suspension of its tournament until at least mid-May. Like a domino effect, the games that were to be held at Mexico City's Alfredo Harp Helú Stadium were canceled.
On April 18 and 19, the San Diego Padres and the Arizona Diamondbacks were to play each other in the Mexico Series 2020. The reason for this measure corresponds to the recommendations of the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) and the recommendations of Mexican health authorities, informed the MLB in a statement.
"Nothing is more important to us than the health and well-being of our players, employees, and fans. Let's hope to hold MLB games in front of our Mexican fans very soon," he said.
Regarding the ticket refund process, the League said that payments will be processed in the next few days. He also noted that fans can check the Ticketmaster site for more details.
This is one of the measures taken by the MLB during the coronavirus pandemic. Initially, it suspended the start of the tournament for two weeks, but as the contingencies increased, the suspension was extended until May.
"Following last night's update of CDC recommendations, which restrict events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks, the opening of the 2020 regular season will be delayed in line with that guidance," MLB said in a statement.
The League stressed that "teams remain committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins. MLB will keep fans updated on decisions regarding plans for the 2020 calendar in the days and weeks ahead".
Last Thursday, one day after the indefinite suspension of the NBA for the first coronavirus positive in a player, the Major Leagues followed suit by canceling all their warm-up games and postponing for at least two weeks the start of their season, which was scheduled for March 26.
"We will continue to monitor ongoing events and take the precautions and best practices recommended by public health experts, and we urge baseball fans to follow them," MLB said.
MLB vs COVID-19
Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association (MLBPA) announced on Monday that they will make a joint donation of $1 million to fight hunger, as a result of school closures and quarantines due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert Manfred said that "in these difficult times of navigating this pandemic, it is important that we come together as a society to help the most vulnerable members of our communities".
Manfred added that "as an institution, Baseball extends our commitment to fighting child hunger and food availability issues during this crisis. We are grateful for the partnership with our players on this crucial issue, which has the potential to profoundly affect children and the elderly".
Former starter Tony Clark, Executive Director of the MLBPA, said, "At this time of international crisis, players want to do their part both individually and collectively to ease the burdens on the most vulnerable people in our communities. This contribution represents one such effort".