MLB Considering Suspending Remaining Grapefruit Games Amid COVID-19 Fears

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Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Major League Baseball commissioner Robert Manfred (left) presents the most valuable player award to pitcher Shane Bieber (57) of the Cleveland Indians after the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA has suspended their season. So has MLS. March Madness will be played in empty arenas. The PGA has announced that events for the next three weeks will not have galleries of fans lined up at each hole. The COVID-19 virus has caused the major sports bodies to curtail activities to safeguard the public and minimize the spread of the deadly infection.

Major League Baseball and its owners are currently behind in making a decision. They are still playing spring training games in Arizona and Florida but veteran beat writer Jon Heyman has tweeted that may be about to change.

The Grapefruit League is, of course, refers to the Florida-based spring training action. The New York Mets and the New York Yankees are both members as are Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, Minnesota Twins, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays and the Washington Nationals.

The teams training in Arizona are also expected to be shut down and are expected to remain at their facilities and can always have intrasquad and simulated games. Whether or not the regular season will start on time and if the teams will be able to play in their major league ballparks is still in question.