Four more Marlins test positive for COVID-19

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The COVID-19 outbreak that’s hit the Miami Marlins continues to grow, and baseball’s schedule continues to shrink.

According to Ken Rosenthal of TheAthletic.com, four more Marlins have tested positive for COVID-19, which pushes the organizational total to 18 players and staffers.

Already, their games against the Orioles yesterday and today were postponed, and according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, tonight’s Phillies-Yankees game has also been postponed, for the second straight day. The Phillies were playing the Marlins last weekend when the first four positive tests were confirmed, and they played anyway Sunday.

Commissioner Rob Manfred said last night the outbreak wasn’t a “nightmare” at this point, and remained optimistic baseball could continue to be played safely. That could be true, but in a condensed season, the likelihood of every team playing the same 60 games seems to be decreasing, as case numbers rise.

13 responses to “Four more Marlins test positive for COVID-19

  1. 18 cases for one team, for a sport with almost no contact and you expect the NFL to last one week?

  2. It is expected peopple. It happens at my job. It happens at any job. America didnt become America by cowering in our homes. When the going gets tough…the tough get going. This is the time we need to overcome adverstiy. Not shut down and hide.

    We will get through this but we will also have hurdles to overcome such as some positive tests. My workplace has had more positive tests than the Marlins and we didnt shut down.

    Come on people – lets plow through this covid thing. Stand up to it. Not let it beat you down and win.

  3. Baseball will be cancelled before August is over…probably in the next three weeks.

  4. The biggest problem with this whole Marlins thing is the players and manager decided to play anyway, despite the several positive tests they already knew about at the time. They knew they had an actual outbreak in their locker room and they decided, unilaterally, to play anyway, potentially putting everyone else in that stadium at risk including the Philies players, coaches and tier 2 staff that was at the park working. Selfish and short sighted at best, reckless and dangerous at worst but in fairness to them, they shouldn’t have been able to make that decision. The league dropped the ball when they didn’t include any protocols as to what to do when an outbreak happens on a team.

  5. I’m confused. I thought baseball had these large taxi squads for this exact reason? Why are they not implementing that protocol? I’m not being snarky, it’s a legit question.

  6. ericdre says:
    July 28, 2020 at 10:48 am
    I’m confused. I thought baseball had these large taxi squads for this exact reason? Why are they not implementing that protocol? I’m not being snarky, it’s a legit question.

    _________

    You’re exactly right and they will do that. The only problem is, the taxi squad is not completely separated from the main club (at least not as a rule). They all probably have to clear testing also.

  7. this is what happens when people don’t take this seriously. Rather than owning up to the fact that they had the virus, they played and now infected another team and cancelled more games. If they just had not played, I could have seen the Phillies and NY play instead. Much better game to watch IMO.

  8. ghjjf says:
    July 28, 2020 at 10:21 am
    18 cases for one team, for a sport with almost no contact and you expect the NFL to last one week?
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    We have a winner !!!! However, I am very optimistic. I think the nfl will get to week 3, 4 at most. 🙂

  9. Sports are a team oriented activity. You’re not catching as much on the field in baseball. Just as in the real world, the spread is when they gather together indoors. Sports teams are together for bus rides, team meetings, position meetings, training and workout sessions, and meals

    The MLS has had zero positive cases in weeks but they are lockdown in a bubble similar to the NBA. However, the NFL made no plans for a bubble and logistics would be too great for that to work. Plus the nfl wants fans in the stands where they’ll gather for concessions, be crowded at gates, in the concourse, bathrooms, etc. Greed over lives

  10. @50stars – how do you not recognize that it is exactly this line of thinking that is leading us down the path that most likely will result in no football?

  11. Good news is that no Phillies tested positive. Great news for baseball as you can play the sport and not infect anyone. Not sure what it means for football. Obviously can’t ignore positive tests (if that is what happened, that story smells a little) but you can’t get the test for 24 hours.

    Before games teams will have to quarantine until the tests come back. Take the test 36 to 48 hours before the game and only work out in very small groups after that. Put up tents where you can and meet outside as much as possible. This virus is transmitted when sitting in doors next to people who are infected.

  12. 50Stars says:
    July 28, 2020 at 10:24 am
    It is expected peopple. It happens at my job. It happens at any job. America didnt become America by cowering in our homes. When the going gets tough…the tough get going. This is the time we need to overcome adverstiy. Not shut down and hide.

    We will get through this but we will also have hurdles to overcome such as some positive tests. My workplace has had more positive tests than the Marlins and we didnt shut down.

    Come on people – lets plow through this covid thing. Stand up to it. Not let it beat you down and win.

    Yet another tough guy virus warrior. How inspirational!

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