Major League Baseball
With the start of the Major League Baseball season indefinitely on hold because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, ballparks will be empty today on what was supposed to be opening day.
From Baltimore to Miami in the East, San Diego to Seattle in the West, and 11 other cities, including Toronto, that would have hosted season openers today, there will be no games, or at the remaining stadiums, for at least a couple of months.
There have been no reports of any Major League players testing positive for coronavirus, although 2 minor leaguers in the Yankees system did, along with a minor league player in the Boston Red Sox organization.
The home & season opener for the Blue Jays was scheduled for this afternoon in Toronto where they were scheduled to meet Boston.
If Major League Baseball needs to squeeze more games into what will be a condensed season without exhausting pitching staffs, 7-inning doubleheaders might be considered.
Minor league teams and college teams typically play 7 innings in each game of a doubleheader.
However, twinbills are rarely planned in the majors with only a handful that were originally scheduled over the last decade.
NHL Postpones Events
The National Hockey League officially postponed the 2020 Draft and Draft Lottery yesterday.
With the season still undetermined, it is uncertain when either the lottery or draft will take place.
It is also unclear whether Montreal would still host the Draft, whether it would be open to fans, or whether it might be conducted via video conference online.
The league announced it was also temporarily halting the scouting combine at Buffalo & the NHL awards ceremony in Las Vegas amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
New dates for the events remain unknown, if they are to be staged at all.
The NHL suspended the season March 12th
Steel Signs Fantilli
The Chicago Steel announced yesterday the signing of forward Adam Fantilli to a USHL tender agreement for the 2020-2021 season.
Fantilli, a native of Toronto, is a highly-touted forward and will join the Steel this fall along with his brother, Luca.
It was widely anticipated that Fantilli would be the first choice overall at the 2020 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection scheduled for April 4th.
North Bay has the 1st pick overall.
The Owen Sound Attack will pick 10th overall in the 1st round.
Canadian Football League Commissioner Randy Ambrosie says the league continues to discuss contingency plans for the 2020 season.
The CFL is not considering moving the Grey Cup set for November 22nd in Regina.
However, the potential exists for a shortened season.
One proposal suggests an 8-game season with teams playing each other once, with Labour Day considered as Opening Day.
Training camps were originally supposed to begin in mid-May with the start of the regular season kicking off on June 11.
The RBC Canadian Open is scheduled for June 11th-14th at St. George’s Golf &Country Club in Toronto.
The tournament is scheduled to proceed, but with each passing day and with more stringent regulations in place to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, holding the event becomes more complex.
The PGA Tour is currently on pause.
Nine events including The Masters and the PGA Championship have either been cancelled or postponed.
Currently, the next event on the PGA Tour’s schedule is the Charles Schwab Challenge, to be played May 21st-24th.
The third heavyweight meeting between boxers Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will be October 3rd in Las Vegas, although no venue has been confirmed.
The October date is not a result of COVID-19 but rather, the promoters & organizers simply prefer the Fall.
Their first meeting in December of 2018 was scored a draw, while Fury won the second meeting by TKO in the 7th round last month.