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MLB Airing Classic Games on Opening Day

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An aerial view from a drone shows Comerica Park where the Detroit Tigers were scheduled to open the season on March 30 against the Kansas City Royals on March 25, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 26 March 2020 09:32 AM

Major League Baseball was supposed to open on Thursday.

Now, with the season postponed because of the coronavirus, baseball fans will have to wait.

Instead of flocking to ballparks, they will have to settle for classic games being offered by MLB on various platforms. It’s called “Opening Day at Home,” according to MLB. There will be one classic game broadcast for each baseball team.

“The experience is intended to invite fans to feel a sense of community and unity on a day many were looking forward to, while underscoring the importance of staying home to stop the spread of the coronavirus,” said a story on the MLB website.

Last week, Major League Baseball announced it was donating $30 million to the thousands of seasonal ballpark employees whose paychecks depend on games being played. Each of the 30 teams donated $1 million each.

Still, the delay in opening the season is tough for fans – including some of its most prominent ones.

“For us old men, baseball lets us live in the past even as we watch a televised game,” former baseball commissioner Fay Vincent wrote in a column for The Wall Street Journal. “Baseball reminds us of the joys of playing or having been around the game.

 “I accept the reason for this baseball hiatus. But there will be unsettling hours to fill without the soporific of televised baseball.”

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