Major League Baseball and the Miami Marlins denied the Venezuelan national team's request for a moment of silence for Hugo Chavez before Tuesday's exhibition game in Florida against the Miami Marlins. There was also no moment of silence during Wednesday's exhibition game against the New York Mets.
After the Venezuelan dictator died on Tuesday, the national team, while preparing for the World Baseball Classic opener on Thursday, "requested a moment of silence and that the country’s flag be placed at half staff before Tuesday’s game in honor of their late president."
It was revealed on Wednesday that Major League Baseball and Miami Marlins officials denied the request, claiming there "there wasn’t enough time to honor the request.”
On such matters, Major League Baseball traditionally consults with the U.S. State Department before making the final call.