Major League Baseball officials have decided to push back opening day until “at least” the middle of May.
Making the announcement late Monday, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said the decision was reached during a conference call with officials from all 30 teams.
The new timeline comes after league officials originally postponed the start of the season — originally set for March 26th — until April 9th.
Manfred says that date was extended in accordance with the CDC’s recommendation to postpone gatherings of more than 50 people.
Despite the delayed start, MLB officials say they “remain committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins,” a statement issued Monday reads.
“MLB will keep fans updated on decisions regarding plans for the 2020 schedule in the days and weeks ahead,” it says.