Spring training shuts down, MLB calls off games for virus
Even before the first pitch, St. Louis Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter could detect an odd vibe at Roger Dean Stadium.
“It felt like the most meaningless baseball game in the history of the sport,” he said.
Shortly before the Cardinals finished off the Miami Marlins 3-0 Thursday at Jupiter, Florida, the official word came: Major League Baseball had postponed opening day for at least two weeks and called off spring training exhibitions because of the virus outbreak.
“We pretty much were told that as soon as this game was over it was probably going to get suspended. You can imagine the amount of energy,” Carpenter said.
“More than likely the season’s pushed back and more than likely after this day the spring training games are canceled, so it’s like, what are we doing?” he said.
A handful of games were played in Florida while the slate of Arizona exhibitions was rained out. A night game between Baltimore and Minnesota in Fort Myers, Florida, was canceled after MLB’s announcement.
Tom Williams, from Venice, Florida, was among the crowd of 6,118 watching the Marlins-Cardinals game.
“When people were leaving, some of the season ticketholders, of which we are, they said we’ll see everyone next year,” he said. “So we thought this was probably the last game.”
The decision left most everyone in the sport in limbo.
“We’re all still figuring everything out,” Seattle pitcher Kendall Graveman said. “This is a first for everyone. Man, it’s invisible, too. So we’re really trying to take precautions. But yeah, it’s crazy.”
CARDINALS 3, MARLINS 0
José Ureña allowed one hit over five scoreless innings for Miami, walking one and striking out three.
Washington starter Patrick Corbin gave up one hit over four innings. Sean Doolittle allowed gave up three runs on three hits while retiring just one batter. Victor Robles homered and Yan Gomes doubled.
BLUE JAYS (SS) 22, CANADA JR. TEAM 6
Rowdy Tellez hit a solo home run and Kevin Vicuña singled, homered and drove in four runs. Jordan Romano worked an inning in the start, allowing two hits and striking out two.
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