Nippon Professional Baseball is postponing the beginning of its 2020 season due to the spread of the coronavirus, per Jeff Passan and Jim Allen.
NPB commissioner Atsushi Saito announced the decision following an emergency meeting with representatives for the 12 teams.
“How must we (pro baseball) act? We must protect the players, staff, families, but no one more so than the fans” Saito said, via Jim Allen. “We must protect the cultural legacy of pro baseball. That is why we made this decision.”
The NPB season was set to hold opening Day on March 20, but the league is now pushing the start of its season back until the middle of April, per the report.
Japan’s top baseball league also suspended play in 2011 following the devastating earthquake, tsunami and meltdown of nuclear reactors in Fukushima.