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Thirteen Miami Marlins Test Positive for COVID-19, Which Is Bad News for Baseball, Football, and Having School in the Fall


Major League Baseball launched its 2020 season Thursday. Unlike the NBA, which plans to resume play this week within a single-site “bubble” environment in an Orlando, Florida, athletic complex, MLB chose to play games somewhat normally, with players living at home and traveling back and forth to different cities to compete in (empty) major league stadiums.

This approach is not working. From an ESPN report about the Miami Marlins:

Miami just completed a series in Philadelphia, and seven more players and two coaches with the Marlins tested positive for the coronavirus. An outbreak has spread throughout their clubhouse and brought the total cases in recent days to at least 13, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN’s Jeff Passan and Jesse Rogers.

The Marlins, after completing their first series of the year against the Philadelphia Phillies, are now stranded in Philadelphia after having canceled their flight home (presumably because putting the entire team inside a plane for several hours would only hasten the spread of the disease). The Phillies’ scheduled Monday game against the New York Yankees has been “postponed.” In Boston, pitcher Eduardo Rodríguez has been diagnosed with inflammation of the heart; he had previously tested positive for COVID-19.


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