Marlins Players Reportedly Went Out in Atlanta Prior to Coronavirus Outbreak


Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association agreed to a deal that will cut each game in a doubleheader to seven innings beginning August 1, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported Thursday. The Marlins won't play again until Monday at the earliest, and are now still quarantining in Philadelphia. But there were two positives: One from a member of the coaching staff and one from a member of the home clubhouse staff.

The team said that no players had contracted the illness but any activities at Citizens Bank Park, the club's home stadium, have been put on hold.

The Phillies were set to resume their season Saturday, but it doesn't appear that's going to happen.

The Jays were originally scheduled to open the series in Philadelphia on Friday but Major League Baseball intervened and delayed that by a day to make sure Citizen's Bank Park was deemed safe.

Also impacted by Tuesday's announcement are the Washington Nationals, who were slated to play a three-game series starting Friday in Miami against the Marlins.

Two Philadelphia Phillies staff members tested positive for coronavirus, the team announced Thursday.

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Rosenthal said the team anticipated this player would test positive based on contact tracing. This rather helpfully underscored that MLB's safety protocols weren't primarily about preventing the spread of the virus among teams, but about allowing games to continue despite the inevitable infections that would take place.

It became their reality when an outbreak of COVID-19 befell the Miami Marlins.

He further added that what is happening now to the Marlins is very unfortunate.

With Thursday's positive test, the Marlins have had a at least one new player or coach test positive for coronavirus five days in a row. On Friday alone, six teams aren't playing games because of the wide-ranging effects of players testing positive. While other leagues are tightly restricting the movements and contacts of their players and staff, MLB has basically said, "You be careful out there!".

Meanwhile, multiple sources report that both of the COVID-19 cases on the St. Louis Cardinals involve players.

Major League Baseball said in a statement Tuesday that among more than 6,400 tests conducted since Friday, there were no new positives involving on-field personnel from any team other than the Marlins.