Spring baseball is proceeding as usual, but it appears that the global outbreak of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus will impact the Twins' travel plans to Oakland and Seattle on their first road trip of the regular season.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee issued an announcement on Wednesday in which he banned large group events and gatherings of more than 250 people in three counties in the greater Seattle area, including King County, home to T-Mobile Park. The cities of San Francisco and Oakland, and their counties, followed suit later in the day with similar restrictions, putting the Twins’ entire first road trip in jeopardy.
All of the affected clubs -- the Mariners, Athletics, Twins and Rangers, who were to open in Seattle -- are working with the Office of the Commissioner on alternative plans for their scheduled season-opening homestand.
The Twins were to open the season with four games in Oakland, followed by a three-game set in Seattle -- two of the areas most affected by the coronavirus. Neither series will proceed as planned, though neither club has issued details regarding possible changes in locations or times.