In case you weren’t aware, there’s currently an outbreak of Covid-19 running through the Marlins Clubhouse. As of the time of me writing this, 11 players have already tested positive. Tonight’s game against the Baltimore Orioles has been postponed. The Orioles who arrived in Miami today to begin a three game set have already reportedly turned around and gone back to Baltimore, meaning they won’t be playing any of the three games. Additionally, the Yankees game against the Phillies have been postponed as the Phillies are also potentially at risk because they for some reason shared the same locker room as the Marlins. The Owners have a scheduled call today to discuss the situation. Keep in mind there has only been 3-4 games played in a 60 game season. The Marlins have released the following statement:
Oh, and the best part. A group text has been released where the players KNEW there was a potential outbreak, and decided that they would just go ahead and play a 3 hour, 44 minute game against the Phillies on Sunday anyways. They did not conduct contact tracing, or isolation, or even take any additional precautions so far as anyone can tell. What they did do was fly together to Philadelphia, traveled via buss to the hotel, then to the ballpark, dressed in the clubhouse, and then sat together in the dugout.
“That was never the mentality,” Rojas said. “We knew that this would happen at some point. We came to the ballpark and we were ready to play. That was never our thought that we weren’t going to play.”
Manager Joe Girardi said he thought the Marlins “followed protocol.” Harper said the Phillies do “all the things the right way to hopefully not contract that.” So they played Sunday, but can’t play Monday.
Update 2: MLB has announced that they will be going forward with the 2020 season and didn’t even consider shutting down the season. So, yea. Prepare for more of this.