After a tough weekend against the Chicago Cubs, the Milwaukee Brewers went 1-2 at Wrigley Field as part of Opening Weekend. Although the games could have gone better, it was refreshing to have baseball back.
In breaking news as of Sunday players and personnel of the Miami Marlins tested positive for COVID-19 as the results of an outbreak within their clubhouse. Games went on as scheduled, but the Marlins game is postponed today. However, this may be the beginning to the end of the entire 2020 season.
We’re only three games into the 60-game season and we’re already facing an outbreak of the coronavirus. There have been cases being reported throughout MLB; a few positive tests throughout the league wasn’t a raising concern to MLB.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that eight more Miami Marlins players and two coaches had tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number up to 14, 12 of those being on the 30-man roster.
Eight more players and two coaches with the Miami Marlins have tested positive for COVID-19, as an outbreak has spread throughout their clubhouse and brought the total of cases in recent days to at least 14, sources familiar with the situation tell me and @JesseRogersESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 27, 2020
It becomes a growing concern for the rest of MLB as the Phillies now have to worry about their players being at risk. It’s reported per The Athletic that the Yankees-Phillies game is postponed for tonight as the Phillies will run their rounds of testing for their players.
If another outbreak were to happen with another team, that could cause the season to be in even more jeopardy. In all honesty, Canada not allowing games to be played was smart.
The Brewers started their season Friday on the road. Angel Perdomo is the only Brewer to have COVID, that we are aware of. The farthest places they travel are Cincinnati and Kansas, which can be traveled by bus. But that means the players are all closely together. Unless they take more than one bus and distance the players from one another.
Luckily, the Brewers don’t face the Marlins this season so we don’t have to worry about them.
Although some of these baseball players are young, that doesn’t make them exempt from getting the virus. Eduardo Rodriguez is 27 years old and has been dealing with complications due to COVID-19. That complication being myocarditis, which happens to be inflammation of the heart. That isn’t good for someone who’s typically in good shape.
It’s time for MLB to be smarter about this outbreak within the Marlins organization. Players want to play. But if their teammates are suffering from this virus, asymptomatic or showing symptoms, they need to think critically. More will start to come out once MLB owners have a conference call Monday afternoon to discuss the situation. This is only the beginning, only time will tell what will happen and how much longer the season will last.
This article will be updated as we get more news.