Salt Lake Bees, Utah Grizzlies delay, suspend seasons due to coronavirus

(Photo courtesy of Asay Photography/Salt Lake Bees) Salt Lake Bees outfielder Jo Adell has made a good impression in his first month of Triple-A baseball.

It’s not just the major sports leagues that are suspending play due to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Minor League Baseball announced Thursday afternoon that it will delay the start of the 2020 season. Major League Baseball made a similar announcement earlier in the day, suspending spring training and delaying Opening Day at least two weeks.

“We will work with Major League Baseball and our community partners to resume play as soon as it is safe to do so,” the league said in a statement. "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.”

The delay will affect the Salt Lake Bees, who were scheduled to play their home opener April 9 against the the El Paso Chihuahuas.

Minor league hockey teams are also following suit. The East Coast Hockey League, where the Utah Grizzlies play, will suspend operations until further notice, a Grizzlies spokesperson told The Salt Lake Tribune. That decision is in line with the National Hockey League also suspending its season.

“Grizzlies sponsors and fans, at this time there is no information on a new schedule for the remaining games,” the Grizzlies said in a statement. “Any further information regarding refunds or credit options will be communicated directly. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for your continued support and patience as we work through this process.”