Major League Baseball has canceled the 2020 London series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs, which had been scheduled for June. The Cubs and Cardinals were to play June 13 and 14 at West Ham United’s London Stadium.
“We are facing an unprecedented situation and nothing is more important than the health and safety of our players, employees and fans,” MLB said in a statement. “We send our best wishes to all individuals and communities that have been impacted by COVID-19.”
The league said previously it also was canceling series in Mexico City and San Juan, Puerto Rico, in response to the pandemic. The San Diego Padres were to face the Arizona Diamondbacks April 18 and April 19 in Mexico City. The New York Mets were to play the Miami Marlins April 28 to 30 in San Juan. MLB said those games will be rescheduled and played in Arizona and Miami, respectively.
Opening day for the 2020 MLB season had been scheduled for March 26 before the season was suspended until at least mid-May. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has been optimistic about MLB’s return, saying the league could begin “gearing back up” in May.