Major League Baseball has postponed its first game of the season due to COVID-19. After years of cancellations and postponements being commonplace, tonight’s rubber match between the Cleveland Guardians and Chicago White Sox will be rescheduled due to an outbreak of the virus within the Cleveland clubhouse.

The players affected were not named. It was reported that Cleveland manager Terry Francona had contracted the virus before the cancellation was announced. MLB stated that multiple positive COVID tests for Cleveland were the reason for the postponement.

The White Sox announced the news on Twitter. MLB will provide a rescheduled date. Tonight, there will be no baseball at Guaranteed Rate Field today.

“Following multiple positive COVID-19 tests within the Cleveland Guardians organization, today’s game has been postponed to allow for continued testing and contact tracing. Major League Baseball will provide a rescheduling update when it becomes available.”


The first pitch was scheduled for 2:10 PM eastern time. The cancellation came just hours before the teams were set to take the field. Fans reacted to the White Sox tweet with annoyance.

Baseball fans remember the infamous 2020 MLB season. Fans were not allowed for much of the year. Hopefully, this outbreak is under control soon so that no further cancellations will be necessary.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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