Nationals owner Mark Lerner says he's disappointed but supports delay of season in letter to fans

Prince J. Grimes
NBC Sports Washington

On what would've been Opening Day had the MLB season not been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, Nationals owner Mark Lerner wrote a letter to fans Thursday expressing disappointment that the 2020 season would not begin as previously scheduled.

"It's been a tough couple of weeks," Lerner wrote Thursday. "Like so many of you, I am extremely disappointed that we will not be watching the Opening Day of the 2020 season today from New York or getting together next Thursday at Nationals Park to celebrate our World Series Championship. However, I completely support the decision made by Major League Baseball and state and local leaders to keep everyone safe at home. Now is the time to pull together as a community and do everything we can to try and mitigate this worldwide pandemic."

The Nationals would have opened the season against the Mets at Citi Field. It was scheduled as a matinee game to be nationally televised, on a day all 30 teams were due to open their respective seasons. Instead, MLB announced Wednesday it would fill the void by streaming a classic game for each team on Thursday as part of its "Opening Day at Home" initiative.

Lerner said the Nationals will work with MLB to determine how to proceed with games that were scheduled to take place through April 24 at Nationals Park, and he'll share that information when it's available.

"As we all look for bright spots in our days, the delayed start of the 2020 season has given me a chance to further savor my memories of the 2019 Postseason and our World Series win!" Lerner wrote. "I hope you will also look to your favorite postseason moments as a continued source of happiness to soften the likely hardships of the days ahead."

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