One of the biggest summer events of every baseball year has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
On Tuesday, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported the induction ceremony for the 2020 National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was likely to be canceled due to the virus outbreak.
According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network and Fox Sports, that's now official:
BREAKING: Baseball Hall of Fame 2020 induction ceremony has been canceled. Per the HOF, the 2020 class -- Derek Jeter, Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons and Larry Walker -- "will be inducted on Sunday, July 25, 2021," along with inductees from 2020-2021 vote. @MLB @MLBNetwork— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) April 29, 2020
The Hall of Fame confirmed the vote to cancel the event was unanimous:
Our Board of Directors has voted unanimously to cancel 2020 Induction Weekend, due to health and safety concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Class of 2020 will be inducted in 2021, alongside any Class of 2021 electees, on July 25, 2021 https://t.co/iecNYeoH95 pic.twitter.com/O99EIXWpqm— National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum ⚾ (@baseballhall) April 29, 2020
Beloved New York Yankees icon and current Miami Marlins co-owner Derek Jeter was scheduled to headline the 2020 class. He'll be joined by inductees from the 2020 and 2021 votes next July.
Whether or not big-league baseball will occur this year amid the pandemic remains unknown. On Tuesday evening, SNY's Andy Martino reported MLB is considering "as many as 15 plans" for some sort of season.
MLB and the MLB Players Association haven't agreed to terms on an altered season as of April 29.