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
This is Rob Manfred’s doomsday scenario, btw.
14 Marlins tested positive in Philly after testing positive for COVID19. FOURTEEN.
Not 2 or 3 guys. FOURTEEN. That’s one more than a fucking baker’s dozen and it’s an unmitigated DISASTER for baseball and baseball fans. And here’s the Kicker: The Marlin’s tested positive prior to playing the series in Philly and played anyway. Now at least 14 people have it and the season’s in jeopardy.
The Marlins knew they had a COVID outbreak, still played a game yesterday (I noticed the Phillies all wore masks around the Marlins), and now basically the entire team has coronavirus and probably passed it to the Phillies. Incredible.
— J.P. Gilbert (@jpgilbert) July 27, 2020
What happens now?
Both the Marlins and the Phillies have to quarantine for 14 days so neither team will see a regular-season game for at least two weeks and that my friend means there’s a better than ‘excellent’ chance we don’t get to the end of July before the league postpones play again.
The Phillies have to all be quarantined for 14 days too. I can’t see a path forward for the MLB except to shut it down before someone dies.
— Peter P. (@Leaffan1972) July 27, 2020
For now, the Marlins have to stay in Philly to quarantine and the league is expected to address the outbreak publically today and according to a friend of mine with the Blue Jays, ‘this is exactly what MLB didn’t want to happen…MLB’s Armageddon’ and it’s nothing but bad for baseball fans.
I wanted this to work more than most but there’s no way forward with two teams in quarantine.
Just stop, get Vlad a Peloton bike, and let’s look forward to a disease-free 2021 MLB season and If I’m a betting man, it’s over anyway.
— Dean Blundell (@ItsDeanBlundell) July 26, 2020