Just Days Into Season, MLB Postpones Two Games Due To Coronavirus Concerns


MLB is studying all 30 teams intensely in relation to coronavirus and, while all those on the Marlins' team are asymptomatic (no outward display of diagnostic signs), no baseball team can bench 40 percent of the travel roster. The New York Yankees had an unscheduled day off in Philadelphia while the home team underwent COVID-19 tests.

For now, two games scheduled for Monday night with Marlins' against the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees against the Phillies in Philadelphia have been postponed.

According to an ESPN report, at least 13 Marlins players have tested positive in recent days. The person declined to be identified because the results had not been publicly released.

Soto has yet to play in 2020 after receiving a positive COVID-19 test result the morning of the first game.

The right-hander's only start against the Yankees in his career was August 6 last season in Baltimore, when he allowed five runs and six hits in four innings of a 9-4 loss.

Before it was postponed, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that the Washington Nationals had voted not to go to Miami to play in their scheduled series this weekend.

"Mo's positive energy has been constant throughout every battle and continues to bring the entire city of Baltimore together in the face of ongoing crisis", the Orioles said in a statement announcing his election.

"There's nothing we can really do", he said.

Even before the regular season started, it was clear the coronavirus would have an impact on the league, as player and staff across the country tested positive for COVID-19. "It's very unfortunate what happened with the Miami [Marlins]".

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The Marlins planned to remain in Philadelphia until at least Wednesday.

The Marlins were in Philadelphia when the team was notified of the infections after playing the Atlanta Braves.

The Marlins, meanwhile, are also looking for more players they can add to their team, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, if they're able to return to action Monday.

Martinez hadn't yet decided what the team will do with the three suddenly empty dates Friday through Sunday, but said they would "have to come up with some kind of workouts or something" to use the time effectively.

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred believes this is not a nightmare scenario and that the protocols in place will be sufficient to handle the situation. "We will provide additional information as soon as it becomes available". Those results are expected late Monday night. "I hope it alarms everyone league-wide and makes them really focus in on what they're doing and make sure they're doing the right thing".

Manfred said there are factors that would force Major League Baseball to alter plans.

"A team losing a number of players that rendered it completely noncompetitive would be an issue that we would have to address and have to think about making a change", Manfred said. Whether that was shutting down a part of a season, the whole season, that depends on the circumstances. "We're talking about these guys traveling back home to their families and their kids, and it's the reason we want to be safe".

Major League Baseball owners met by phone Monday and decided not to cancel the season. Some teachers around the country have announced they will quit if forced back into classrooms but it now appears the majority of teachers, especially non-union, will adopt the courage of America's nurses in the thought, "If it is to be, it is up to me", or, "So we have the virus, let's deal with it!"