The Marlins won't play for the week

Baseball: - 28-07-20

(New York) Major Baseball announced on Tuesday that the Miami Marlins will not play until next Monday.

Their Monday and Tuesday home games against the Baltimore Orioles had already been called off. Those in Baltimore, Wednesday and Thursday, as well as the visit of the Washington Nationals, from Friday to Sunday, were added to this list.

The Nationals players, during a poll conducted Tuesday morning in the presence of manager, Dave Martinez, and general manager, Mike Rizzo, had indicated their refusal to go to Florida for this weekend series.

MLB believes it is safer to allow the Marlins, whose 15 of their players have now contracted COVID-19, to focus on caring for their players and prepare for their return to play next week.

 

Four more Marlins players tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, the Associated Press learned from a source familiar with the situation. This person declined to be identified as the results of these tests have not yet been made public.

The Marlins went through another round of testing on Tuesday. The outbreak within their ranks has brought the issue of poles back to the ground, a strategy that the MLB has decided not to implement, just like the NFL for its coming season.

The Marlins' locker room outbreak has repercussions for other games in the 2020 season. Thus, the remainder of the series to pit the New York Yankees against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday and Thursday has been called off. The first game, Monday, was also postponed. The Yankees were to occupy the locker room the Marlins had just left at Citizens Bank Park.

In an effort to give Major Baseball more leeway for the schedule overhaul, the Yankees will face the Orioles at Camden Yards on Wednesday and Thursday. Further schedule changes for the week of August 3 will be announced later this week.

The Marlins went through another round of testing on Tuesday. The outbreak within their ranks has brought the issue of poles back to the ground, a strategy that the MLB has decided not to implement, just like the NFL for its coming season.

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health said it is working with the Marlins and Phillies to trace anyone who may have come into contact with players who contracted the virus to prevent further spread. No Phillies player has tested positive so far.

Meanwhile, Chicago White Sox manager Rick Renteria stayed at the team hotel in Cleveland on Tuesday and was not given the green light from medics to return to his post after suffering from symptoms. related to COVID-19. He woke up on Monday with a "mild cough and nasal congestion."

Plan to review

Major Baseball and the union held talks on Monday as aspects of the protocols were largely ignored in the first four days of the season, such as bans on cheering gestures and physical celebrations.

The NBA and NHL will resume their seasons in “bubble” environments, basketball in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., And hockey in Toronto and Edmonton.

“The NBA and the NHL have an advantage: a smaller number of players, a shorter period of time,” noted Manfred. I understand why they did what they did. I'm just not sure it worked for us. "

The NFL has chosen not to create a bubble environment as training camps open soon for the coming season.

On its website, the MLB specifies that more than 6,400 tests have been carried out since July 24 and that the 29 other Majors teams have not had a new positive case. As of July 23, 99 of 32,640 samples collected - 0.3% - have tested positive.

"The difficult circumstances surrounding a club reinforces the need to be rigorous with the protocols in place in all ways, both on and off the field," MLB.com read. We will continue to strengthen our protocols and make the necessary adjustments. "

Major Baseball and the union held talks on Monday as aspects of the protocols were largely ignored in the first four days of the season, such as bans on cheering gestures and physical celebrations.

“We are confident that clubs and players will act appropriately, for themselves and for others,” said MLB, “and the data gathered gives us reason to believe the protocols can work effectively. "



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