The MLB Has No Choice But to Follow the NBA and Suspend Opening Day Until Further Notice Due to Coronavirus

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The MLB has to follow the NBA's lead and postpone Opening Day | Mark Cunningham/Getty Images

With the suspension of the NBA regular season due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, the MLB now has a paramount decision to make about the fate of the 2020 regular season.

In order to be overly cautious, the league should postpone Opening Day until everything settles down, considering how fast we've seen the virus spread in a matter of weeks.

On Wednesday night, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the Coronavirus, forcing the NBA to suspend the regular season until further notice. Their implementation of this suspension should set a precedent for other leagues in the U.S., including the MLB, which is set to start on March 26.

While the NBA faces different circumstances considering a player has been infected, one can only imagine it's a matter of time before an MLB player comes down with the virus, especially with Spring Training taking place in Tampa where there are a number of known cases.

We can only imagine the reaction of baseball fans if this becomes a reality.

The league has already limited fan interactions with players and banned the media from clubhouses. Based on the progression of the responses, one can safely assume the season could be delayed as the hysteria continues to grow. It'll be the right decision as well considering MLB stadiums fit more than double NBA arenas, putting more people at risk.