Cactus League tells MLB to delay starting spring training due to COVID-19 epidemic


Leaders of all eight Cactus League cities have sent a letter to Major League Baseball stating that it would be “wise” to delay spring training to begin due to the high rate of COVID-19 infections in Arizona’s Maricopa County.

“One of the nation’s highest infection rates – given the current state of the epidemic in Maricopa County – we believe it is wise to delay the start of spring training to allow COVID-19 status here,” the letter, First acquired by TV station KPNX in Phoenix. “This situation is based on public data from the University of Washington’s Health Metrics and Evaluation, which is the reason for the sharp decline in infection in Arizona in mid-March.”

The letter was signed by Cactus League executive director, city managers of Phoenix and Tempe, mayors of Mesa, Scottsdale, Surprise, Glendale and Peoria, and president of the Salt River Pema-Maricopian Indian community.

The Cactus League serves as the spring training home for 15 teams – Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padre, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers.

Major League Baseball has full rights to the start of spring training, which is now scheduled to officially begin on February 27 in both Arizona and Florida, home of the Grapevine League.

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