COVID-19 outbreak cancels Miami Marlins’ home opener

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As the NFL monitors the experiences of other sports in a pandemic, when it comes to baseball the NFL may want to look away.

The Miami Marlins have canceled tonight’s home opener against the Orioles, because the Marlins remain in Philadelphia while dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak. (Philadelphia presumably would like them to leave, now.)

Via Jeff Passan of ESPN.com, eight more players and two staff members have tested positive, pushing the total number of Marlins cases to 14.

Given that the Marlins just completed a series against the Phillies, it now becomes important to monitor Philadelphia players and staff.

This is obviously troubling news for the NFL. Although the NFL’s individual teams will be erecting de facto bubbles until it’s time to start the regular season (just like baseball did), the sheer number of players and coaches and the nature of football makes it foolish to think there won’t be issues.

Hopefully, there won’t be. Hopefully, the Marlins will determine how their outbreak happened, and the NFL learn from it.

For now, though, it would be foolish to say that the NFL shouldn’t be very concerned about what’s happening to the Marlins.

57 responses to “COVID-19 outbreak cancels Miami Marlins’ home opener

  1. Lucky for the, NFL, theyy don’t play games every day like the MLB. Limiting each team to one game per week will allow better safety protocols. In addition to their weekly tests, players/coaches/staff should get tested when they get to the stadium before each game, and not be allowed inside until they are cleared.

  2. And this is exactly why I would put chances of either MLB or the NFL actually completing a season at less than 10 percent.

    The NBA and NHL have a much better shot with their “bubble” set ups.

    And college football? Yeah – that’s a rhetorical question – like it or not, we all know the answer.

  3. Good luck with this fiasco. It will not work. The NFL never should have released a schedule, just wait until the vaccine is out, get every player a shot and then start playing. If that was not until December or January, then it would have been cold in Buffalo.

  4. The Yankees should not go to Philly tonight, the visitors clubhouse is not a safe place right now.

  5. Really hoping they cancel the season so I don’t have to see Brady suit up for the Bucs..

  6. This causes a chain reaction of problems: Marlins get it, did the get it in Miami or in Philly? Because it can take days to get symptoms (if you even get them). Ok so now the phillies players and staff need to be monitored. What about the umpires? Ball boys. Oh and MLB is playing a super condensed season so the Yankees are coming to Philly today to play for 2 games. Do THEY want to be there!?? Meanwhile the Orioles are supposed to play in Miami for the next few days. Those game(s) get cancelled? Or played with backup players? If you’re cancelling multiple games now you’ve got 4 teams schedules affected (NYY, Phils, Os, Marlins)

    Chain reactions everywhere. Are there backup Umpires? I know I read a week or two ago that I think 7-8 of them dropped out of the restart?

  7. The Miami Baseball team might not be done yet. Best for everyone to lockdown in Philly for 2 weeks. Protect everyone. Jeter will foot the necessary bill.

  8. Games getting canceled just a few days into the season . . . view your future, NFL, whether ya like it or not.

  9. The NY A Baseball team should refuse to play the Phillies tonoght. The Miami Baseball team just played Philly yesterday as their cases jumped.

  10. The other thing is, how do you get the players home from Philadelphia? Do you take a covid plane with all infected only, including pilot and crew? Bus? They’re going to run out of players soon. This looks like it’s going to get worse before it gets better. As an afterthought, please wear a mask guys, I’m angry that every other country in the world is doing better than US

  11. Should have been played in a bubble like the NBA and NHL. Manfred stinks as a commissioner. And what the heck were the Marlins doing while in Philly?

  12. No way the NFL is able to play now. I think we all hoped this stuff could work but 4 days in and the Marlins have 14 cases already? No way a full contact sport like the NFL is happening.

  13. Need another lockdown to try and get this under control. Like someone said I’m angry every other country in the world is doing better than us.

  14. If one guy on the airplane has the virus when they board, everyone will have it when they depart.

  15. Its my understanding that they knew 3 Marlins had tested positive on Sunday morning. They still played the game. Why? They had a team meeting and voted to play, but that decision should not be given to the players or the teams, it has to be made by the league office in consultation with medical experts.

    Football should be paying close attention to this. The league office has to make hard, decisive decisions to preserve a very delicate situation. Baseball does not have strong leadership and that may cost them the season.

  16. There’s much more physical contact in football. A lost season seems more and more likely, unfortunately.

  17. The fact that the MLBPA didn’t demand the rapid response test before returning is beyond stupid. Allowing a player to be with his team and on the field while waiting for their results is why this is happening . Watching games this weekend it was clear teams didn’t follow very many safety protocols . Very few masks , guys yelling directly into the faces of teammates , sitting close together in the dugout , infielders talking closely with baserunners were among the many more that I could list . The MLBPA poor leadership and the MLB owners obsession with pinching pennies this was destined for failure from the outset .

  18. There are medical grade robots that can sterilize every inch of a surface and room. I hope the NFL avails themselves of the technology. They use an intense UV light (it is harmful to humans so the area needs to be empty). I am sure they are not cheap, but it is a multi-billion dollar industry with 175M * 32 worth of personnel that could be protected by 32 of these robots. Seems like a cheap investment. I work on medical robots for living(but not these) which is how I know about them.

  19. Wow, that didn’t take long. And it’s much easier to distance in baseball than in football. Ugh.

  20. The MLB had only a small chance of making it this year, since that sport has limited direct physical contact. Football? Sad to say they most likely won’t even make it out of training camp, and tragically, there will probably even be at least one fatality.

    Time to stop treating CoVid like an inconvenience, and start treating it like the health emergency it is.

  21. The leagues need to wait until we get a better handle on the virus or things will continue to get worse.

    Waiting for a vaccine may not work either. We don’t know if a vaccine is even possible. They are rushing the testing, doing in a few months what normally take 8-10 years.

    It’s not difficult. Social distance, wear masks, and isolate if you’ve been exposed. It’s not difficult, and if everyone would do it, we’d be done with this horror in 4-6 weeks.

  22. It’s just time to say the Major sports leagues should just shut down for the season. I’m starting to wonder if it’s really worth it. I don’t want it to happen, but what else can they do?

  23. Push the season to November. Have a 10 game regular season and short playoffs. Super Bowl in early February as usual.

  24. shurmanblog says:
    July 27, 2020 at 11:19 am
    The fact that the MLBPA didn’t demand the rapid response test before returning is beyond stupid. Allowing a player to be with his team and on the field while waiting for their results is why this is happening . Watching games this weekend it was clear teams didn’t follow very many safety protocols . Very few masks , guys yelling directly into the faces of teammates , sitting close together in the dugout , infielders talking closely with baserunners were among the many more that I could list . The MLBPA poor leadership and the MLB owners obsession with pinching pennies this was destined for failure from the outset .

    ——

    Not to mention the spitting that still occurs. I mean, how stupid is that?

    Don’t worry about that breeze blowing, Blast your aerosol right into the air!

  25. ForWhomTheBellTrolls says:
    Push the season to November. Have a 10 game regular season and short playoffs. Super Bowl in early February as usual.
    ==

    What makes you think COVID will be gone or under control by November?
    The numbers of reported cases is at an all-time high and gaining traction every day. We have 50 states with 50 different sets of rules, and there are countless people out there that still think this is either a hoax, or just plain won’t be inconvenienced to wear a mask or social distance.
    Pushing the season to November is merely delaying the inevitable.

  26. Nope. Not happening. Might as well chalk off this season, delay the draft and prepare for the next. We guessed this might happen, but now with the virus raging out of control, and the expected second spike not yet with us, I think it’s madness to even consider a season now. It’s just too problematical.

  27. nydre4 says:
    July 27, 2020 at 10:38 am
    Should have been played in a bubble like the NBA and NHL. Manfred stinks as a commissioner. And what the heck were the Marlins doing while in Philly?

    My guess is that they contracted COVID in Miami (I assume is where they were at before they left for their road trip?), which at this point is the COVID hot spot of the US.

  28. Another question – what if Philadelphia tells the Phillies this is exactly what they do not want and they should find another place to play? The city is making almost no money if no fans are attending the games, and having teams come in from hotspots is clearly going to be problematic. Maybe Toronto was ahead of the curve when they banned the Jays from playing.

  29. The NBA has it right – isolate the players, test constantly, and force anyone that leaves the bubble to quarantine before re-entry. They have been virus free for a few weeks and they are in the middle of the epicenter.

    That said, the NBA is only putting on the playoffs. They aren’t trying to have a season. They also have half the players the MLB does, and a fraction of the teams. What the MLB is trying won’t work, and I hope the NFL sees this and decides to go a different direction. The players union is going to have to agree to have a strict bubble for each team, with limited player movement. It’s the only way.

  30. riverhorsey says:
    July 27, 2020 at 11:08 am

    Need another lockdown to try and get this under control.

    **

    Totally false. We in the northeast closed basically everything except grocery stores and gas stations and we got demolished, as bad as anywhere in the world. California, especially southern California has never really reopened from lockdowns and right now they’re getting demolished. Complete shutdowns do NOT work. The virus is unstoppable and spreads more easily inside than outside. It can’t even really be slowed down very much. It will work its way through a population until nearly everyone who can get it gets it. Fortunately, it is not our extinction event.

  31. It can not be said enough how much the NFL has benefited from not having to play games during this pandemic.

    They also benefit from having a month of baseball and basketball games played before they have to put a product on the field.

    The NFL will be able to point to cautionary tales like Lou Williams going to the strip club while supposedly being in a bubble and the Marlins.

    What they do with all that additional information is anyone’s guess but the NFL always has been the sport best positioned to come out of this with the least disruption.

  32. “The virus is unstoppable and spreads more easily inside than outside. It can’t even really be slowed down very much. It will work its way through a population until nearly everyone who can get it gets it. Fortunately, it is not our extinction event.”

    Oh, stop. It’s very easy to stop it; all you have to do is look around the rest of the planet and see how other populations managed to mitigate it. The US can’t do it for our own reasons, but our failings have nothing to do with stopping a respiratory diseases. Stay home, and the few times you have to go out you wear a mask and social distance. Not hard.

  33. European soccer leagues have been operating outside of a bubble for over 2 months, with none of the major leagues experiencing a breakout on a single team. This isn’t because the leagues had better protocols. It’s because the countries did what they had to do to get and keep Covid under control. The NFL won’t work as long as the United States continues on its current path, or there is a vaccine. It’s that simple.

  34. Hank Willaims Jr: “Are you ready for some football?”

    THe NFL and NCAA: “Nope. Not even close.”

  35. eagleswin says:
    July 27, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    It can not be said enough how much the NFL has benefited from not having to play games during this pandemic.

    They also benefit from having a month of baseball and basketball games played before they have to put a product on the field.

    The NFL will be able to point to cautionary tales like Lou Williams going to the strip club while supposedly being in a bubble and the Marlins.

    What they do with all that additional information is anyone’s guess but the NFL always has been the sport best positioned to come out of this with the least disruption.

    —————————————————

    Sounds plausible. I mean the rookie orientations they have warning players about all the ways they can get into trouble and derail their careers with social media, drugs, alcohol, domestic violence etc. have virtually eliminated NFL players making bad choices. I’m sure once they send out a memo to players about best practices they’ll follow them to the letter. What could go wrong?

  36. “Complete shutdowns do NOT work.”

    Shutdowns are the only thing that DOES WORK. We have no vaccine. We have no cure. The only way to stop the virus is to stop it from spreading from person to person, and that can only be done by distancing, wearing masks, and isolating when infected or exposed.

    The shutdowns worked. it was the re-openings that made this so bad.

  37. No problem. If the same thing happens in the NFL and they have to postpone games to let teams quarantine for two weeks, they can just schedule back-to-back weeks of double-headers to catch up. All they need is for the NFLPA to initial here, here and here, and sign and date at the bottom. See? It’s all working like a Swiss watch.

  38. geez….talk about over reaction.

    did you TRULY think the baseball season would happen without this? do you TRULY think there wont be outbreaks with NFL teams?

  39. did you TRULY think the baseball season would happen without this? do you TRULY think there wont be outbreaks with NFL teams?

    Yes, we were fully aware it would happen. What wasn’t expected was allowing a team with known positive cases to play a game, to not let the home team know, and to not let the stadium staff know. There was a severe, potential life threatening break down in communications and no real plan from the league office in how to deal with it, even though we all knew it would happen. That is the surprising part, a complete lack of oversight.

    If they had postponed yesterdays game due to the 3 positive they knew about, this wouldn’t be a big deal. It was going to happen. They decided to do the worst possible thing, and being upset or surprised about that is NOT an overreaction.

  40. Common Theme : Players / Teams in Florida having issues avoiding COVID. It has been an issue in the other major sports leagues and will be in the NFL as well.

    Good Luck to the Dolphins, Bucs, and Jags. Hopefully things will get better.

  41. Europe now seeing huge increase in cases. I was told they were the blueprint on how to do it…guess not

  42. I think that the best thing for sports as a whole is to just stay home until the world is covered in bubble wrap and sanitizer.

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