Reds, Bats and MLB Delay Start of Seasons

Reds, Bats and MLB Delay Start of Seasons


Thursday was an unprecedented day of announcements from the State of Ohio and Major League Baseball related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

These actions are being taken in the interests of the safety and well-being of our communities, players, Clubs, and fans.

As of 4:00 p.m. Thursday, Major League Baseball is suspending Spring Training games and delaying the start of the 2020 regular season by at least two weeks.

Chris Robinson, Director of Communications with the Louisville Bats said the local play would be delayed as well. 

“Minor League Baseball will delay the start of the 2020 Championship Season. We will continue to monitor the developments and will announce additional information about the 2020 season at a later date,” Robinson said. “We will work with Major League Baseball and our community partners to resume play as soon as it is safe to do so. The health and safety of Minor League Baseball fans, players and executives is our top priority, and our thoughts are with those around the world who have been affected by this outbreak.”

MLB and the Clubs have been preparing a variety of contingency plans regarding the 2020 regular-season schedule.

MLB will announce the effects on the schedule at an appropriate time while
remaining flexible as events dictate, with the hope of resuming normal operations as soon as possible.

We are grateful to Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, Governor Mike DeWine and Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley for their leadership and collaboration as we work together toward solutions that protect public health.

The Reds will work with season ticket members, suite holders, groups and single-game ticket buyers regarding credit for the affected games that could be used for Reds 2020 regular-season games, 2020 Postseason games (if applicable) or 2021 ticket purchases.

Single-game ticket buyers who purchased tickets for canceled Spring Training games directly through the Reds will receive a refund.

The Reds will communicate additional details to all ticket buyers by April 3, 2020.

The Reds will continue to release information related to other events impacted by today’s

WSLM 1220 AM will continue to broadcast any remaining games of this season and will continue to giveaway tickets as they are available.