“We’re going to resume playing when it’s safe for our fans, our players and the public for us to resume playing,” Manfred told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “The Lead.”
“We’re fortunate — we have a great panel of infectious disease experts that we rely on to help sort through the various pronouncements from different governmental agencies and politicians,” he added, “and, you know, we will make a decision to resume only when we’re comfortable that the public health situation supports that decision.”
The announcement added to a growing list of local, state and national events that were delayed or canceled in order to help curb the spread of the virus. The organization had initially said the season would be delayed at least two weeks.
Thursday would have been the MLB’s Opening Day had the season not been put off. Instead, Manfred told Tapper that it was “a particularly difficult day.”
“You know, I think Opening Day marks the beginning of a daily engagement with a sport that is really deeply embedded in American culture,” he said.
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