CLEARWATER, Fla. — Major League Baseball will close its clubhouses to the media, a source confirmed Monday, as the league continues to take measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The news, which was first reported by ESPN, comes after the NBA and NHL took similar action. Baseball owners held a conference call Monday evening with MLB officials. The Phillies clubhouse at Spectrum Field was open before, during, and after the team’s 3-1 win over the Yankees on Monday. But it will be closed Tuesday.
ESPN reported that teams will make players available via news conferences and interviews outside the clubhouse, but that media members and players will stay six feet apart, according to guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control. The Phillies instructed their players on Saturday to not sign autographs for fans as a precaution.