The least surprising news of the day was tweeted out at exactly 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday.
The Cubs-Cardinals series scheduled for June 13-14 in London — officially dubbed “The Mitel & MLB Present London Series” — has been canceled. Not suspended or delayed, but canceled. That tells you a little about what MLB thinks of the severity of the coronavirus impact not just on the United States, but the world.
Again, not a surprising development. Games scheduled for Mexico (Padres vs. Diamondbacks, April 18-19) and Puerto Rico (Mets vs. Marlins, April 28-30) were canceled in a announcement March 19.
"We made the decision because it was unlikely the events would go forward, and timely cancellation allowed us to preserve important financial resources,” Rob Manfred wrote in a memorandum sent to MLB employees, as reported by USA Today. “We also have canceled agreements with service providers and delayed projects that involve large capital expenditures."
MLB has set up a website to deal with questions about the series. Here are the questions answered:
If I bought my ticket through Ticketmaster, what should I do?
If I bought my ticket through London Stadium, what should I do?
If I bought Hospitality via CSM, what should I do?
If I bought Hospitality via Ticketmaster, what should I do?
If I bought tickets and travel packages via Sports Marketing USA, what should I do?
If I bought tickets and travel packages via Gullivers Travel, what should I do?
If you were planning to go, check it out. Here’s hoping the same two teams and fan bases will be part of the 2021 series in London.