Mar 16, 2020 9:36 PM

Rockies could host "New" Opening Day; MLB won't start until mid-May at earliest

Posted Mar 16, 2020 9:36 PM

By: Associated Press with contribution from Dave Collins, Eagle Radio Chadron Sports Director.

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has pushed back opening day until mid-May at the earliest because of the coronavirus. The move came Monday after the federal government recommended restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement following a conference call with executives of the 30 teams. MLB says it is committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Sunday that gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled or postponed across the country for the next eight weeks. 

Looking regionally, eight weeks from today means the earliest start of the Colorado Rockies season would be May 11 at Coors Field against the San Francisco Giants.  If that's the case 39 games will fall off the front of the schedule and there's no indication yet as to how MLB plans to make up any of those games or if they will ultimately be canceled.  

However, mid-May could also be defined as May 18, which would add on the San Francisco series as well as a road series at the Miami Marlins to the list.  Should that be the case, 46 games will not be played as scheduled, and the Rockies would then open the new season on the road at the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, May 19.

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Huskers spring volleyball match vs No. Colorado-Cancelled

Courtesy: NU Athletic Communications

The Nebraska volleyball spring match, scheduled for Saturday, April 25 against Northern Colorado in Grand Island, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 public health threat.

The NCAA and Big Ten Conference previously announced that all spring NCAA Championships have been canceled, and the Big Ten has canceled all conference and non-conference competitions through the end of the academic year, including spring sports that compete beyond the academic year, and participation in all NCAA tournaments and competitions. 

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