The Miami Marlins will put their 2020 MLB season on pause as the team deals with a coronavirus outbreak, Major League Baseball announced in a statement on Tuesday.
MLB makes it official: Marlins postponed through Sunday, Yankees to play at Orioles Wednesday and Thursday, Phillies off until Friday. Full release: pic.twitter.com/eHVd0FznSE— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) July 28, 2020
Miami will not play again until at least Monday, while the Philadelphia Phillies, who played the Marlins over the weekend and had two games against the Yankees postponed, will not play until Friday.
The Marlins team was set to take on the Orioles on Wednesday and Thursday in Baltimore, but will no longer play those games. This comes after the team's Monday and Tuesday matchups in Miami were postponed. Philadelphia was scheduled to play New York for two more games but will postpone those as well. Thus, the Orioles and Yankees will play each other on Wednesday and Thursday.
Miami's outbreak was first reported on Sunday when four players tested positive for COVID-19. The team still played a game that day against the Philadelphia Phillies despite the recent results. It was then reported on Monday that seven players and two staff members also contracted the virus, and four more were reported on Tuesday.
Miami was scheduled to play the Washington Nationals over the weekend, but those games will no longer take place. The Nationals players had already voted against traveling to Miami given the current situation.
In a jam-packed 60-game season during a global pandemic, making up games will be a difficult task. The Orioles and Yankees were set to play a three-game series next week, as were the Marlins and Phillies, so there could be a chance to even out the schedule should the team get the outbreak under control.
The outbreak within the Marlins organization is also a reminder of the problems that the league faces -- and will face -- in the coming months. Though the 2020 season is just a few days old, MLB understands that there is still work to be done when it comes to player safety and protocols.
"The difficult circumstances of one club reinforce the vital need to be diligent with the protocols in all ways, both on and off the field," the statement said. "We will continue to bolster our protocols and make any necessary adjustments. The realities of the virus still loom large, and we must operate with that in mind every day."
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