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With spring training delayed and the major league season postponed for the next few months, is baseball even going to be played in 2020?

For some people, not having any sporting events to go to or watch on TV is no problem. I have friends who are like that.

However, this no sports thing is killing me. And there's still probably three more months of this craziness to go.

Ever since March 12, I've pretty much been in a routine of waking up, showering, working a little bit and playing Madden 20 on Play Station. I'll throw in a two or three mile walk every couple days or so to stay active and just be outside.

But this stretch is the longest I've ever gone in my life without watching or playing a sport ever since I was three years old.

I'm not just talking football, basketball or baseball. I'm a huge fan of tennis, golf, soccer and especially college softball.

Let's just quickly run down what this whole coronavirus pandemic has done to the sports world:

International Olympic Committee (Tokyo 2020 Olympics): The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been postponed and rescheduled for July 23-Aug. 8, 2021.

NBA: The league suspended the season indefinitely after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus back on March 11. The league has told its teams that play will be suspended a minimum of 30 days, and there won't be a new update on the potential of resuming the season until May 1.

MLB: The league suspended spring training indefinitely and delayed the start of the regular season in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The league acknowledged that the start of its season would be delayed for months, not weeks. It offered no timetable but said it remains “committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins.”

NFL: The NFL is still planning to hold its draft April 23-25 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but it will not be held in Las Vegas. The league will try to hold the draft in a TV studio setting. In the meantime, Commissioner Roger Goodell has ordered all team facilities to be closed to personnel — with some limited exceptions — to ensure clubs “operate on a level playing field.” The NFL’s annual meeting in late March, which is attended by team owners, general managers and coaches, was canceled. The NFL also has banned teams from making in-person visits with draft-eligible players until further notice.

NHL: The league suspended its season indefinitely back on March 12 and has postponed the draft and postseason award show. The NHL cautioned players it would not be able to provide guidance on the potential reopening of team practices until late April, which would push the earliest possible restart date into May.

NCAA: The NCAA announced March 12 that it would cancel the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments over concerns related to the coronavirus outbreak. All other remaining winter and spring championships also were canceled. The PAC-12 conference announced on March 12 it is canceling all athletic competitions involving its teams until further notice. All on-and-off-campus recruiting through April 15 has been banned.

PGA/Golf: The British Open, scheduled to be played in July at Royal St. George’s in England, has been canceled. The Masters, which was originally scheduled to be played in April, was rescheduled for November 12-15. The PGA Championship is scheduled to take place Aug. 6-9 and the U.S. Open is set to be played Sept. 17-20. All events on the PGA calendar have been canceled or postponed through May 17.

Tennis: Wimbledon has been canceled. The French Open has been postponed from its normal May start until September 20. The U.S. Tennis Assn. “is not at this time implementing any changes in the schedule” regarding the U.S. Open. However, it has not ruled out postponing the event, which is scheduled to take place August 24 through September 13.

This whole coronavirus pandemic has taken a huge part of my life away, but more importantly, its legitimately stopped everyone in the nation from living their normal lives.

And while I completely understand why everything has been shutdown, I am waiting rather impatiently for this stuff to blow over.

Honestly, I just want to be a ball field either covering or watching a game. At this point, I'll cover a cornhole tournament. Just give me something.

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