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Sport Report: Cubs-Cardinals series in London canceled (coronavirus)

05:15  27 march  2020
05:15  27 march  2020 Source:   chicagotribune.com

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Cubs President Theo Epstein said the June series against the Cardinals in London is still on despite speculation it would be canceled amid coronavirus fears, adding that team officials plans to meet with players to brief them about “smart practices” in dealing with issues related to the virus.

THE MLB London 2020 Series in June has become the latest sporting event to cancelled . UK baseball fans were looking forward to seeing divisional rivals St. Louis Cardinals face off against the Chicago Cubs . But as with the vast majority of sporting events due to take place over the next few

Major League Baseball has made no formal announcement regarding the status of the London Series, but an England-based newspaper reported Thursday that the two-game series beeen the Cubs and Cardinals has been canceled.

a group of baseball players that are standing in front of a crowd: The Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo hits a three-run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field in Chicago on May 3, 2019. © Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/TNS The Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo hits a three-run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field in Chicago on May 3, 2019.

The Sun reported that organizers canceled the series, scheduled for June 13-14 at London Stadium, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The report said the teams and event organizers were exploring the possibility of playing the series later in the season.

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"The Cardinals - Cubs rivalry is one of the best in sports, and it will be exciting to bring it to Europe for a new audience to experience. I have no doubt that the passionate sports fans in London will love these games, and we look forward to creating some new Cardinals fans overseas.”

The Cubs and Cardinals have a long and storied history, though MLB figures to select the matchup they most believe will appeal to potential new fans in Europe. MLB has played regular season games in Australia, Japan, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. This year's Yankees vs. Red Sox series in London will

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Last week, MLB waited until March 19 to cancel the Mexico Series between the Diamondbacks and Padres scheduled for April 18-19 and the Puerto Rico Series between the Mets and Marlins after it became apparent the regular season wouldn’t start on April 9.

A source said Wednesday night that the Cubs and Cardinals were bracing for the possibility of the series being postponed.

The Cubs had been looking forward to the series since March 2019, when they learned they were under strong consideration to travel to England for the two-game matchup.

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The Cardinals – Cubs rivalry, also called the Route 66 rivalry and The I-55 rivalry, refers to the rivalry between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs of the National League (NL)

The Cubs and Cardinals were scheduled to play in the second London Series, following the 2019 Yankees-Red Sox series that drew nearly 120,000 fans at London Stadium. The Yankees and Red Sox were the first two major-league teams to play a regular-season series in Europe.

As recently as the second week of March, British reporters visited Arizona to interview Cubs manager David Ross and players about their anticipated visit.

Ross said he planned to take his children on the trip, which was expected to include two days of sightseeing tours.

The Cubs opened the 2000 season against the Mets at the Tokyo Dome in Japan and played three games against the Expos in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in September 2003.

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