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Topic Title: MLB season now in jeopardy after COVID-19 outbreak hits Miami Marlins
Topic Summary: 14 players and staff positive after playing 3 games in Philly.
Created On: 07/27/2020 09:52 AM
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 07/27/2020 09:52 AM
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Opinion: MLB season now in jeopardy after COVID-19 outbreak hits Miami Marlins
Bob Nightengale
USA TODAY

https://www.usatoday.com/story...mi-marlins/5517567002/
 07/27/2020 09:55 AM
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Those fake baseball fans are creeping people out
The cardboard cutouts and virtual replicas will take some getting used to

https://www.theverge.com/2020/...fox-sports-coronavirus

 07/27/2020 11:04 AM
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dingpatch

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3, 2, 1 , , , , , , MLB is toast
 07/27/2020 11:14 AM
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Miami Marlins Postpone Home Opener Amid Virus Outbreak; Yankees-Phillies Also Postponed
By Associated Press and Spectrum News Staff Miami
PUBLISHED 6:52 PM ET Jul. 26, 2020 UPDATED 12:34 PM ET Jul. 27, 2020


MIAMI - The Miami Marlins have postponed Monday night's home opener against the Baltimore Orioles after reports of a coronavirus outbreak amongst the team. The New York Yankees game against the Philaelphia Phillies has also been postponed.
Major League Baseball announced the postponed games in a statement on Monday:

"Tonight's scheduled games between the Miami Marlins and the Baltimore Orioles at Marlins Park and the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees at Citizens Bank Park have been postponed while Major League Baseball conducts additional COVID-19 testing.
"The members of the Marlins' traveling party are self-quarantining in place while awaiting the outcome of those results. Major League Baseball has been coordinating with the Major League Baseball Players Association; the Marlins; the Orioles; the Marlins' weekend opponent, the Phillies; and Club medical staffs, and will continue to provide updates as appropriate."

Sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan and Jesse Rogers that 8 more players and 2 coaches recently tested positive, bringing the total number of cases to at least 14 in recent days.
The Marlins postponed their flight home Sunday night after their series finale against the Phillies.

Pitcher Jose Urena was scratched from his scheduled start in Sunday's game, and catcher Jorge Alfaro went on the injured list Friday. No reasons were given for the moves, but manager Don Mattingly said those who tested positive would be quarantined in Philadelphia.

The Marlins' precarious health raised anew doubts about MLB's ability to finish the season during a pandemic. In Cincinnati, Reds second baseman Mike Moustakas and center fielder Nick Senzel felt sick Sunday, a day after a teammate went on the injured list because he tested positive for COVID-19.
 07/27/2020 11:25 AM
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The Marlins' COVID-19 outbreak is really bad, and exactly what MLB signed up for
Tim Brown MLB columnist
Yahoo Sports July 27, 2020, 12:07 PM

This is bad, really bad, and it will get worse, because living here - today, with leaders whose first priority is themselves, among fellow citizens who can't be bothered with fortitude or compassion - looks just like this.

This is the world into which Major League Baseball rolled its operation. If you signed up for baseball in the summer of 2020, for an escape from reality, you signed up for a baseball team - fathers, husbands, sons, brothers and friends - holed up in hotel rooms, 1,200 miles from home, while people wearing masks, gloves and grim expressions knocked on their doors.

The Miami Marlins were tested for the coronavirus again Monday morning in Philadelphia, a day after they were tested (again), because suddenly too many of those tests were coming back positive, in waves, and already one flight home had been canceled and another was at least postponed, and the outbreak that could shut down a season had found them first.

A baseball game between the Marlins and Baltimore Orioles in Miami on Monday night was postponed. A game Monday night between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park, where the Marlins had just spent three days on the field, in the dugout and in the clubhouse while at least a dozen players and personnel were carrying the virus, also was postponed.

This is bad, really bad, and so wholly predictable. The structural precautions are expanded rosters, taxi squads and a couple dozen other guys set aside to throw bullpens and take batting practice. When the virus blew in, however, the real safeguard was America's appetite for the game, its willingness to offer up others for its amusement and then its refusal to even temporarily commit to something greater than itself. We do pandemics, it turns out, how we've come to do everything else: What's best for me?

The answer was baseball games on TV.

So if we shoveled baseball with everything else into the furnace that is four million cases and 150,000 deaths and an unyielding determination to get our nails done, then clearly we had the stomach for 12 or 15 or more Miami Marlins calling their wives and children with the news they were new to the curve.

We were OK, too, with those same Marlins sitting on a bus on a tarmac in Atlanta at the end of last week, on their way to Philadelphia, having been told their flight was delayed because a flight attendant and a team official had tested positive for the virus. The flight crew would have to be swapped out, and then they'd be on their way, as if this were normal, as if we actually knew a way to contain this thing, and then they'd be expected to be as good at baseball as they've ever been. Then they'd be told the flight attendant and team official had registered false positives, as it turned out, and what a relief that would be if they really believed it, because a couple days later four of their own had the virus, and a day after that another eight or 10 of them had it, and who knew after that.

This is bad, really bad, because now it's a 29-team league for at least the short term, and a 29-stadium league, and after exactly one weekend and a handful of very optimistic press releases we're just now confronting the possibility that a baseball season flung to the corners of the country might not work.

Meantime, Major League Baseball officials were choosing to continue a course that resisted transparency. When test results were delayed over a long weekend in early July, they did not address the foul-ups until after players wondered if this was the process they were expected to trust. Coming up on noon Monday, as one of their teams was basically quarantining against the pandemic, as games were being called off, as the season endured its first wild wobble, they had said little or nothing. Ten other games were scheduled for Monday in cities that held their own shares of trepidation. Teams were boarding buses and airplanes, were checking into hotels and were reporting for work, wondering if they were seeing the beginning of the end of this.

Today, it is the baseball season, the chaos, the crisis, we chose. Those big rosters weren't sitting there for no reason. Those stadiums weren't empty for nothing. The spit tests, the masks, the hundred-and-something-page manual, the opt-outs, the Toronto Blue Jays as vagabonds, those were all real.

But, then, we also decided a month ago we had the stomach for baseball in a pandemic, that we could live with other people in that arena, that what we really needed was a distraction from the real world. Meanwhile, they're spitting in test tubes in hotel rooms in Philadelphia and waiting for their cell phones to ding with the news that they're sick or not.

It's bad, really bad, which, of course, is precisely what it would be. Remember, we were good with that.
 07/27/2020 12:28 PM
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yeah... definitely no bueno.... and not surprising that the team in Miami gets hit the hardest.
 07/27/2020 02:43 PM
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I'll give the NBA another week before they succumb. And, the NFL should just wrap it up and put it on the shelf.
 07/27/2020 08:33 PM
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It's Over!

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 07/28/2020 06:23 AM
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NFL Officially Cancels Preseason Games; First NFL Player Opts Out of Season
 07/28/2020 06:48 AM
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Training camp is starting. Dolphins placed 3 players on the Covid-19 list yesterday.

This new reserve list category was created for a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person or persons. If a player falls into either of these categories, their club is required to immediately place the player on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Per agreed upon NFL-NFLPA policy, clubs are not permitted to comment on a player's medical status other than referring to roster status. Clubs may not disclose whether a player is in quarantine or is positive for COVID-19.
 07/28/2020 08:51 AM
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Originally posted by: dingpatch

I'll give the NBA another week before they succumb. And, the NFL should just wrap it up and put it on the shelf.


The Bubble seems to be the only thing working. PGA seems ok so far too, but that's an isolated sport compared to Basketball, Football, and Baseball.
 07/28/2020 08:54 AM
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"Baseball is getting a quick lesson on just how quickly the coronavirus can spread, as four more Miami Marlins players have reportedly tested positive, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic."


Patriots have already been hit hard by players opting out, with key starters passing on 2020 season
 07/28/2020 09:40 AM
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Then the Yankees pulled out since they would have had to use their locker room. Fun Times..

I see the NFL being worse than baseball
 08/01/2020 08:46 AM
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dingpatch

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The Cardinals have COVID now too, 6 positives, , , , , how much longer are the owners going to try to make a buck?
 08/03/2020 01:40 PM
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What could go rong?

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