Seattle Mariners’ Opening Day plans to change amid coronavirus outbreak

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) banned public gatherings of more than 250 people for the three counties that form the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area through the end of March, while San Francisco Mayor London Breed (D) set the limit at 1,000 for a period of two weeks. But both time frames could be extended if the situation warrants. The San Francisco ban will also affect the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, who have said they will play their home games at Chase Center without fans.

Following Inslee’s announcement, the Mariners released a statement saying the team is “working with [MLB] on alternative plans for our games that were scheduled for the end of March at T-Mobile Park in Seattle. While we hope to be back to playing baseball in Seattle as soon as possible, the health and safety of our community is the most important consideration.”

The Mariners were due to open the regular season with a four-game series at home against the Texas Rangers beginning March 26, which is Opening Day across baseball, followed by a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins. Six of the seven games in that season-opening homestand fall in March.

MLB officials said Tuesday the sport prefers…

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