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It’s official: No baseball before June

The speculation is official: The first two full months are gone

MLB: Spring Training-Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago White Sox Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

In what is definitely a developing story, MLB held a conference call led by commissioner Rob Manfred and fell in line with the CDC recommendation of no group gatherings for eight weeks — and that includes shutting down spring training facilities.

Literally, this means there will be no baseball until Mother’s Day, May 10. But just as the notion of April 9 being a possible Opening Day this year (MLB’s original postponement plan) was pretty much just a placemarker/pipe dream, the same goes for this May 10 date.

If somehow May 10 was deemed a date where players could begin gathering and training together again — a BIG if — it’s hard to imagine a mini-spring training of workouts (at home stadiums, vs. spring training facilities?) lasting any less than two weeks (likely three) before official gameplay could begin. And remember, the official Opening Day could still well be played without fans.

It was just four days ago we got the word the season would be delayed at all, so this is a developing story for sure. We’ll see what comes next.

In actual baseball news (what’s that?), the White Sox sent Zack Collins, Yermín Mercedes and José Ruiz to Charlotte today. Does that make Nicky Delmonico the 26th man?

Can someone explain to me why any moves are necessary, given the complete freeze the game is under?