MLB Season Already in Jeopardy
The 2020 Major League Baseball season was shortened to just 60 games due to the coronavirus pandemic, and now it looks like the season could be in jeopardy again.
The league is already dealing with several positive COVID-19 cases, and more will likely be on the way.
The Miami Marlins have been hit the hardest by the coronavirus, but they are not the only team affected. At least 13 members of the Marlins team or coaching staff have tested positive for COVID-19, although most affected are asymptomatic.
Miami had to play this weekend without a number of their key players, and the Cincinnati Reds were also without a pair of starters for their game on Sunday. Major League Baseball has protocols in place, but they were not expecting this type of spread so early in the season.
Players have been quarantining at home when not at the park, and social distancing measures are put in place during the games. The league is struggling to control the virus when players are on the road, which could lead to the league taking some more extreme measures.
Two Games Cancelled on Monday
Major League Baseball has made the decision to cancel a pair of games on Monday night, and one has already been canceled for Tuesday. The Miami Marlins were scheduled to host the Baltimore Orioles, but that game was the first one canceled.
The league is concerned with the number of positive tests by the Marlins, and they wanted to limit the spread. The Baltimore Orioles also did not feel safe competing against the Marlins, and they returned back to Baltimore and will now have a few off days.
The game between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees has also been canceled on Monday night. Philadelphia hosted the Miami Marlins over the weekend, and the league wants to test every member of that team before allowing them back on the field.
Major League Baseball is hopeful that the virus did not spread to members of the Philadelphia Phillies, and the results of the tests could play a huge role in the decisions that MLB makes from here.
Other professional sports are also attempting to resume play again later this week, but those leagues are hosting all events in a “bubble” or “hub” city.
Renteria Skips Monday’s Game
White Sox manager Rick Renteria did not manage the team on Monday night when the team took on the Cleveland Indians. Renteria did travel with the team but woke up on Monday with a slight cold and chest congestion.
The manager was given a COVID-19 test, and he is awaiting his results. Renteria will be quarantined in his hotel room until the test results come back.
The White Sox and Chicago Cubs are both in the state of Ohio this week for games, and Ohio has seen a recent surge in the virus. Players from both teams will do their best to stay safe in their hotel room, but they will likely be affected at some point.
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