The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forced many professional sports leagues to suspend operations for the foreseeable future. That includes Major League Baseball, who cancelled all remaining Spring Training games while indefinitely delaying the start of the regular season.
Major League Baseball continues to hold discussions with the MLB Players Association regarding a number of topics centered around the 2020 season, which is currently on hold and likely will be shortened due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
There was a lot of optimism surrounding the Los Angeles Dodgers going into the 2020 season as they return a World Series-caliber team, and that was before the acquisitions of a former MVP in Mookie Betts and Cy Young Award winner in David Price.
On March 28, 2019, the Los Angeles Dodgers began the season in emphatic fashion as they set an Opening Day record and tied a franchise all-time mark for any game with eight home runs against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The San Francisco Giants scored a 4-3 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Giants’ right fielder Mike Yastrzemski nabbed top player honors in the tight contest by 3-for-4 with a home run and a triple. Johnny Cueto limited the Dodgers to three runs — all via home run — in 6 1/3 innings of work and struck out six.
Former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Jimmy Wynn passed away on Thursday at the age of 78. A 15-year veteran, he also enjoyed stints with the Houston Astros, Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees and Milwaukee Brewers.
Last year Clayton Kershaw was ruled out from extending his franchise record streak of Opening Day starts to nine in a row because shoulder inflammation forced him to begin the season on the 10-day injured list.
Thursday should have marked the beginning of the 2020 Major League Baseball season with teams across the league hosting Opening Day. The Los Angeles Dodgers were set to take on the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium, with Clayton Kershaw making his franchise-record ninth career Opening Day start.
There is a sense of sadness over the world Thursday, and not just from the Coronavirus. That’s not to downplay the worldwide pandemic, because nothing at this point in time is more important or worthy of our thoughts and actions.