Minor League Baseball announces delay to start of season

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Joining Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball announced on Thursday that the start of the regular season — scheduled for April 9 — would be delayed. The announcement doesn’t say for how long. The full text:

In light of the current coronavirus outbreak, and after consultation with medical professionals and our partners at Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball will delay the start of the 2020 Championship Season. We will continue to monitor the developments and will announce additional information about the 2020 season at a later date. We will work with Major League Baseball and our community partners to resume play as soon as it is safe to do so. The health and safety of Minor League Baseball fans, players, and executives is our top priority, and our thoughts are with those around the world who have been affected by this outbreak.

Minor league players, who already weren’t being paid for spring training, may have to go a little while longer without pay, it seems. Given that everyone will be hunkering down for a while, it may be difficult for them to find paying work in the meantime, as they often take side jobs that require interacting with the public like bartending, rideshare driving, and instructing. If you can find a way to help support minor leaguers in the meantime, please do so.

Mets claim Sam Coonrod off waivers from Phillies

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NEW YORK — The active New York Mets added another newcomer to their bullpen mix when they claimed reliever Sam Coonrod off waivers from the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies.

Coonrod had a 7.82 ERA in 12 appearances covering 12 2/3 innings last year for the National League champions. The right-hander is 7-5 with a 5.27 ERA and five saves in 105 games over four major league seasons with San Francisco and Philadelphia. He has struck out 95 and walked 44 in 97 1/3 innings.

The 30-year-old Coonrod was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week when they signed free agent infielder Josh Harrison.

To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Khalil Lee was designated for assignment by the Mets.