Just as Season Finally Starts, MLB Teams Begin Canceling Games on Account of COVID-19
Worse still: One team knew they had an outbreak and played anyway, exposing opposing players to the deadly illness.
Well, that was fun while it lasted.
It appears as though Major League Baseball has not been able to contain the spread of coronavirus among their players, after adopting a “no-bubble” model for the proposed 2020 season. Now, literally just days into what was going to be an already abbreviated campaign, several teams have begun postponing games on account of outbreaks of coronavirus in their locker rooms.
THE Miami Marlins home opener was canceled on Monday after nearly half of the team’s roster tested positive for the coronavirus.
The COVID-19 outbreak, which has since affected 12 of the team’s players and two coaches, may also affect the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees.
Among the positive cases are pitcher Jose Urena, who was supposed to start Sunday’s game, and outfielders Garrett Cooper and Harold Ramirez, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.
Worse still, however…
Despite knowing about four positive COVID-19 cases on the team on Sunday, the Marlins still took the field against the Phillies in the first week of Major League Baseball’s shortened 2020 season.
Infectious disease experts speaking to The Athletic on Sunday said that those four positive results fit the definition of a “clear outbreak” within the team of 30 players.
One can only imagine the relief within the Houston Astros locker room, as they were the clear villain of Major League Baseball for 2020 on account of the cheating scandal that surfaced in the off-season.
Now, perhaps the selfishness of the Miami Marlins will take some of the heat off of the Astros…if this baseball season ever actually gets off the ground.
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