So far, the Boston Red Sox have done a solid job of following Major League Baseball's COVID-19 protocols. But as we found out Monday, one mistake can prove costly.
The Miami Marlins had 14 players and staff test positive for the novel coronavirus, leading to their Monday matchup against the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees-Philadelphia Phillies game being postponed. The Marlins faced the Phillies in their previous series.
Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke addressed the situation during a Zoom call with reporters Monday, and he hopes his team learns a thing or two from the Marlins' issues.
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“It’s something that I’m hopeful it scares them a little bit, … I know we’ve been good at this but we can be better,” Roenicke said. “We can stop fist bumping we can stop doing the things the protocols are trying to get us not to do. And I realize the emotions that come into play when you score a run and whet you hit a home run, get a big strikeout, I understand all those things.
"But we have to keep reminding guys of trying to stay with the things that our medical department has said will keep us safe. And hopefully that continues and we’re able to go on the road and do the right things.”
After a trip to New York to face off against the Yankees, the Red Sox are scheduled to visit Tampa Bay for a series at the start of August. With Florida currently being a coronavirus hotspot, Roenicke hopes the team avoids venturing outside of their hotel is possible.
“Right now New York has done a good job, so we don’t want them to obviously just go out and be a normal time,” Roenicke said. “You may be OK walking to a place differently than maybe you do in Florida. Maybe you just try to stay in the hotel, which is what we’ve told them we’d like them to do is just stay there … and making them more aware of the places that are more at-risk than others.
"We’re gonna do this in every city that we go to. … I don’t want to make them fearful about going on the road, or fearful about playing and continuing on with this because I do feel like we’re doing a lot of good things.”
The Red Sox have had three players -- Eduardo Rodriguez, Darwinzon Hernandez, and Josh Taylor -- test positive for the coronavirus. Rodriguez was later diagnosed with myocarditis, but hopes to return at some point this season.