WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The MLB postponed the upcoming games of the Miami Marlins following the recent surge in coronavirus cases within the team.
- According to reports, 15 or half of the Marlins’ current lineup were tested positive with COVID-19.
- The league is yet to decide whether the rest of the season should be postponed.
Major League Baseball (MLB) has decided to put the season of Miami Marlins on a temporary halt as fifty percent of its playing roster was infected with coronavirus, multiple reports confirmed.
As of Tuesday, four more players from Marlins were tested positive. This development was following Monday’s report that 13 Marlins players plus coaches were diagnosed with coronavirus. Out of the 13, 11 are players, which means they are now 15 or fifty percent of the group’s roster.
The Marlins were in an indeterminate state while infected players recover and their reserve prepares to be part of the roster, so MLB decided to hold off the team’s season until Monday.
The team was scheduled to meet the Orioles in Baltimore to a sequence that will run until Thursday, then open against Washington Nationals in Miami from Friday to Sunday.
The New York Times’ Tyler Kepner gave the information about the Marlins’ postponement and how it could affect the schedules of other teams. The planning part, though, is more likely to change since MLB haven’t made an official announcement yet.
The Marlins had four players confirmed infected with the virus at their Sunday game versus the Phillies but still went on to play. The recent case has forced the team to postpone the games against the Orioles slated on Monday and Tuesday.
Since the Marlins were at the Phillies’ home when the outbreak occurred, the latter’s Monday game against the Yankees also got cancelled. News has also circulated on Tuesday morning that MLB also had the Yankees-Phillies’ second game in the series paused.
But now the Yankees will have a game against Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday and Thursday.
Initial reports from Phillies’ tests results show no players are infected with the virus as reported by Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Coronavirus incubation period though is up to days.
The Miami team’s infected players and personnel are required to stay in Philadelphia as per MLB safety regulations. Before players are released, they should have two negative test results with a gap of 24 hours.
Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Marlins for the meantime are now are attempting to fill its roster should they target to have a game on Monday.
While MLB decides on what will be the next move between the Phillies and Marlins, part of the plan is for their slated rivals — the Orioles and Yankees – to play against each other so they will be productive.
The Nationals were initially scheduled for Miami this weekend but decided to hold off for now and will try to play more schedules in the future.
On Monday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said the recent outbreak at Marlins will not be enough reason to cancel the season yet.