The Kansas City Royals and the rest of baseball were supposed to open the season today, but for the first time in 25 years, the start of the season will be postponed.
The commissioner of baseball announced in early March that the start of the season would be delayed due to the continued threat of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The initial hope was that the season would only be delayed for a couple of weeks.
After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended an eight week ban on groups of ten or more, the league announced they would follow those guidelines, meaning that the earliest the baseball season could start would be in the middle of May. With Kansas City and much of the nation under Stay At Home orders, there has been much speculation about when the season will get under way. The initial hope was for the season to be played in its entirety, a full 162-game slate.
While that may not be possible, a more likely scenario would be for the season to be shortened to around 100 games, with the first games to be played in early June. The regular season would likely begin with the June schedule and continue from there as planned, canceling all games from March through May. This would all hinge, of course, on CDC recommendations for when it is safe to resume regular activities.
If the baseball season were to begin at the start of June with their current schedule, the Royals would open at home against the White Sox. That three game series would be followed by a weekend series with the Indians at The K.
If the league decides to pick up where the current schedule dictates with no changes, all previous games would move from postponed to canceled.
If the league decides to play their full season, or completely change the schedule to fit with a shortened slate of games, fans will be notified about effected games.
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