Taillon: ‘Too early to speculate’ on season outlook

Taillon: ‘Too early to speculate’ on season outlook

Jameson Taillon throws a pitch in the bottom of the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on April 19, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

BRADENTON, Fla. — Major League Baseball's decision Thursday to suspend spring training and delay the start of the regular season by at least two weeks due to the nationwide outbreak of COVID-19, otherwise known as coronavirus, has already drastically altered the structure of the 2020 season.

In a conference call Friday afternoon, Pirates’ player union representative, Jameson Taillon, said it it is “too early to speculate” what this season will look like. That could include shortening the season rather than playing the traditional 162 games.

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"We're just trying to figure out what a year would even look like right now," Taillon said. "We're at that weird time in spring training, too, where guys were getting really, really close to being ready for the season."

All spring training camps were suspended Friday night.

Though nothing is official, the proposed start date of Apr. 9 is a best case scenario, and perhaps unlikely.

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