This year’s Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony and associated weekend events have been canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak, the Hall announced Wednesday.
The 2020 class — Derek Jeter, Larry Walker, Ted Simmons and the late Marvin Miller — will now be inducted together with the 2021 class on July 25, 2021.
In a statement, the Hall cited “health and safety concerns” related to COVID-19 for the cancellation.
Our Board of Directors has voted unanimously to cancel 2020 Induction Weekend, due to health and safety concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Class of 2020 will be inducted in 2021, alongside any Class of 2021 electees, on July 25, 2021 https://t.co/iecNYeoH95 pic.twitter.com/O99EIXWpqm
— National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum ⚾ (@baseballhall) April 29, 2020
Cooperstown, N.Y., home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, is about a 3 1/2-hour drive from midtown Manhattan. New York City is one of the areas in the U.S. that has been affected the most by the coronavirus pandemic. State residents are under a stay-at-home order through at least May 15.