The New York Mets, as well as all of Major League Baseball, is on hiatus for a few weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak. A few Mets players will use the break to heal from injury and get back into playing condition.
As coronavirus sweeps across the entire globe, for the first time in the history of the sport, Major League Baseball is on hold, not due to a labor issue. That means the New York Mets along with the other 29 MLB teams, have put their operations on pause. What effects will the delay have on the Amazins 2020 season?
Last Thursday, after conferring with the Major League Baseball Players Association and all 30 of its teams, MLB announced its decision to cancel all remaining Spring Training games and delay the regular season by at least two weeks. The announcement puts a temporary hold on the New York Mets 2020 regular season which was originally set to open at CitiField on March 26th. Due to this delay, the Mets opener against the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals, won’t take place as originally scheduled.
While this is sad news for eager fans anticipating Opening Day, which was just under two weeks away, it is a necessary precaution by MLB to preserve public health, during these uncertain times. Amidst an unknown immediate future, this unexpected break can also have a silver lining for the Amazins.
Although they have gone through Spring Training relatively unscathed, the Mets had some players who needed more time An extra few weeks to prepare is good news for a couple of players in the Mets clubhouse as well. Relief pitcher Dellin Betances as well as outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto all will look to take advantage of the layoff and get back to full health.