WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Less than a week after its opening, MLB faces a crisis as 12 players of the Miami Marlins was tested positive with coronavirus.
- The league announced that it is to suspend games among four teams until COVID-19 tests have been completed.
- To curb the spread of COVID-19, MLB has launched a shortened 60-season game across the league.
Major League Baseball (MLB) said that the game on Monday between the New York and Philadelphia would be rescheduled after a COVID-19 outbreak was declared among the Miami Marlins, Phillies’ preceding opponent.
With only less than a week after MLB opened the season, the organization is already facing an alarming situation as the country faces new cases of coronavirus cases.
On Monday, the Marlins announced that they are to halt the home game opener following the COVID-19 diagnosis of its two coaches and 12 players. The team is set to play the first home game in months on Monday night versus the Baltimore Orioles following a weekend in Philadelphia for a series of three against the Phillies.
MLB said in a statement that the slated games between Miami Marlins, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, and the Philadelphia Phillies would be on hold while the league pushes for expanded COVID-19 testing within the organization.
“The members of the Marlins’ traveling party are self-quarantining in place while awaiting the outcome of those results. Major League Baseball has been coordinating with the Major League Baseball Players Association; the Marlins; the Orioles; the Marlins weekend opponent, the Phillies; and Club medical staffs, and will continue to provide updates as appropriate,” the league added.
The Marlins will stay in Philadelphia to continue testing all its players.
According to reports, the outbreak initially started with four of Marlin’s players tested coronavirus positive, including Jose Urena, the team’s listed first pitcher on Sunday.
The Phillies and Yankees and were arranged to face off on a home-and-home game series this week starting in Philadelphia on Monday until Tuesday before continuing to New York for the last leg on Wednesday and Thursday.
The resumption of the series is yet to be determined.
On Friday, Major League Baseball and its player’s union said that six out of the 10,939 samples acquired and tested in the last week from MLB personnel, making the infection rate 0.05 percent. Four are players out of the six infected while the rest are nonplayer staffs.
It was on last Thursday that the MLB reopened its season with only 60 games scheduled.
Source: The Hill