Note from Ryan: Normally, we tend to stay away from these types of pieces, “Coronavirus Halts MLB” on Braves Journal, as it’s all over the news and the comments section, so why retread it as a thread? Well, as a person that’s been here for several decades, I think it’s valuable for Braves Journal’s History to document this historical, horrific event.

Coronavirus Halts MLB

Effective immediately, the commissioner has decided to suspend all baseball operations due to global threat of the Coronavirus, also known as Covid-19. This includes half the spring training games left with additional plans to delay the start of the start of the 2020 season.

The decision from the commissioner’s office comes less that 24 hours after the NBA decided to suspend its season immediately following the positive test of one of its players. Many other leagues had planned to continue with games being played in empty stadiums and arenas, including the NCAA tournament, but infection of a player and the reaction from the NBA have prompted further action as seen today in MLB, NHL, NCAA Conference tournaments, and other university athletics.

The NCAA also cancelled all championships for the winter and spring seasons.


With the start of the season already delayed two weeks, and the virus far from contained, how the 2020 season will unfold is very much TBD. The duration of the threat remains to be seen, so we wont have a good read on when baseball will resume. As the medical community and government agencies grapple with the disease, all large gatherings are inadvisable. Perhaps reducing gatherings will stem the spread. As we all hope the virus dies off soon, MLB hopes the two weeks will be enough. Until we know, we just won’t know. It may be time to prepare for a summer without baseball. We hope that isn’t the case, but if the cost of saving lives is one baseball season, we’ll just have to endure. In the meantime, we’ll continue to update you on all Braves related content.

From the Preacher

As a pastor, let me also offer my encouragement to you all. Though you may not all be of the same faith, or any religion, I enjoy interacting with you all and pray that none of you are affected by this disease. No matter how mild or severe this threat ends up, love one another, treat each other well. Reach out if you need counseling or just assuring conversation. Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Stay home if you’re sick. Stop buying all the dang toilet paper.

If you’re on Twitter, DM me at @bravespreacher if you have private prayer requests or just want to chat.

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