Photo: Doug GrayMinor League Baseball will delay the start of the regular season Doug Gray March 12, 2020 6 Comments Minor League Baseball has announced that the regular season will be delayed. This comes about an hour after Major League Baseball made a similar announcement. Here is the statement from Minor League Baseball: In light of the current coronavirus outbreak, and after consultation with medical professionals and our partners at Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball will delay the start of the 2020 Championship Season. We will continue to monitor the developments and will announce additional information about the 2020 season at a later date. We will work with Major League Baseball and our community partners to resume play as soon as it is safe to do so. The health and safety of Minor League Baseball fans, players and executives is our top priority, and our thoughts are with those around the world who have been affected by this outbreak. The Dayton Dragons also sent out a statement a few minutes prior to that, releasing this: DAYTON, OH — The Dayton Dragons have just learned of the Governor’s order regarding the coronavirus situation and the prohibiting of large gatherings and outdoor events of over 100 people, including stadiums and arenas. The Dragons’ #1 priority is, and always has been, the health, safety, and protection of our fans, employees, players and coaches. The Dragons are currently gathering information and working with City, County, and State leaders, as well as public health officials. The Dragons will be communicating with Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball, and the Midwest League regarding the current situation. There is still much to learn prior to the scheduled opening of our 21st season. When we know more about the start of the 2020 season, we will contact all our ticketing clients, fans, and other members of our community. Again, the Dayton Dragons’ #1 concern is for the health, safety, and protection of our fans, employees, players, and coaches, as we remain committed to providing the same great customer service and safe, clean, family-friendly entertainment to which our fans have grown accustomed. Our thoughts are with those around the world who have been affected. Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditPocket 6 Responses JamesK March 12, 2020 Good thing you weren’t driving to Arizona. Optimist March 12, 2020 Good moves all around, finally. Arguing against interest here, but folks should logoff and learn all about Strat-O-Matic and APBA. MLB, and MiLB should get online to build interest and maintain the brand. Imho March 12, 2020 So sad in all aspects. There’s so much happening that no matter what you say or feel comes out wrong. So With that in mind im just venting because i do have a vested interest these MiLB guys have quit jobs that they can’t go back to – they aren’t going to get back any money or get paid PERIOD And with that said yes it could be worse like i said you cant Ever sound good saying how you feel because so many are suffering . Unfortunately many lives are lost and many dreams are Put on hold – baseball was something that gave me happiness. The start of warm weather the amazing smell of fresh cut grass the sound of balls hittIng gloves or bats and the crazy love/hate relationship between players/fans and umps! Seeing kids faces when they get a ball and just the heart pounding face reddening And spurting Lips of all that makes baseball amazing i hope that we get to watch Americas greatest game in a month or so and i hope I didn’t make a fool of me I love baseball and thank you Doug for giving fans a voice Matthew O'Neal March 12, 2020 Certainly the health and well being of all of us are more important than sports, but one thing that has crossed my mind since all of this started affecting sporting events is this: “What is the baseball draft going to be like this year?” Teams will have little to no scouting data on college players since most seasons have been canceled. I’m sure many high schools will soon follow suit. MK March 12, 2020 I have assumed the Midwest League would cancel the first half season and just play second half which begins in June. Maybe top four teams would make the playoffs which would keep playoff format the same. Don’t know if this is what they will do but it would work. GhostRunner March 13, 2020 I probably have the cleanest hands on the planet lol. Better days are ahead. Take care everyone.