The MLB 2020 All-Star Game is officially canceled. This is the first time for such a thing to happen since 1945. That’s when the game was called off due to World War II travel restrictions. This time, the coronavirus pandemic was the culprit.
The 2020 game was previously scheduled for July 14 but was announced on Friday afternoon that it’s going to be canceled, rather than postponed to a later date.
Dodger Stadium to Wait Even More for MLB All-Star Game
The 2020 MLB All-Star Game was supposed to take place at Dodger Stadium, where it was previously held 40 years ago. The last time a California ballpark hosted an MLB All-Star Game was in 2010 when the game took place at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim, the home of Los Angeles Angels.
Dodgers Stadium will have to wait for the All-Star Game for at least two more years. This is because the 2021 game is set for Truist Park in Atlanta, GA, which has been the home to the Braves for the last three years.
Once it became clear we were unable to hold this year’s All-Star festivities, we wanted to award the Dodgers with the next available All-Star Game, which is 2022,Commissioner Rob Manfred said on Friday.
According to baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, the Dodgers will get to host an MLS All-Star Game at the next available opportunity. At the moment, no decision was made for the 2020 game, although it is very likely that Dodgers Stadium will get this honor.
31 MLB Players Positive for Coronavirus
As MLB is preparing for the 2020 season, coronavirus testing has been underway. After the first round of testing, it was revealed that a total of 31 players have tested positive. Apart from the 31 players, coronavirus was diagnosed with seven other staff members.
The first round of testing was done on 3,185 persons. This means that the 38 positives represent 1.2% of all people tested. In comparison, the NBA saw 5.3% of the samples being positive.
The league said that the infected people are from 19 MLB teams, but decided not to reveal who tested positive.
2020 MLB Season to Start This Month
All 30 MLB teams have gone to their training camps yesterday in order to prepare themselves for the 2020 season. The start of the season should be on July 23 if everything goes according to the plan. The season will see each team playing 60 games.
Not all the MLB stars will take part in the 2020 season. Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond is one of the biggest stars who have decided to skip this year’s baseball season. Others include Washington Nationals’ Joe Ross and Ryan Zimmerman, as well as Mike Leake of Arizona Diamondbacks.