Phillies vs Yankees game has been cancelled. MLB Season in Jeopardy.
The Phillies vs Yankees game tonight has been cancelled as 14 players from the Miami Marlins test positive for COVID-19. The 2020 MLB season is in jeopardy.
Tonight’s Yankees-Phillies game is cancelled, source tells The Athletic.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 27, 2020
Major League Baseball was the first professional sports league to consider resuming play inside a “bubble”. The MLB and MLBPA could not agree on terms to make that happen citing business decisions.
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
The Marlins just finished a weekend series in Philadelphia creating more of a dumpster fire than just simply embarrassing the Phillies and winning 2 of 3 to start the season. This is not great news for the MLB.
The Marlins, a traveling team, came to Philadelphia, stayed in a team hotel, obviously were inside Citizens Bank Park and the visiting team locker rooms, and still ended up playing yesterday after receiving confirmation of positive COVID-19 tests.
Apparently, the Marlins weren’t even worried about it? Skipper Don Mattingly said his team “was never really worried about it” and Miguel Rojas told the media that not playing was “never in our mentality”. Seriously?
This is all very bad. The MLB will be holding an emergency meeting today to discuss next steps.
BREAKING: Major League Baseball to hold an emergency meeting today after 14 Miami Marlins have tested positive for COVID-19 following their weekend series with the Philadelphia Phillies.
— Eric Jackson (@ericjackson) July 27, 2020
The Marlins home opener tonight has been cancelled too, obviously. We’ll have to wait and see as more information unfolds.
The Phillies are presumably testing everyone at CBP yesterday. IF they remain negative, there might be a glimmer of hope that baseball can resume. That would mean that the virus did not spread on the field or during the game, just in the clubhouse.
Still, not great. But if it’s only the clubhouse, at least the Phillies and the MLB have a containment zone that can be handled properly.
In-game test results will, most likely, mean the end of baseball for 2020.
And yes, we can still make the joke that the Marlins took 2 of 3 from the Phillies and they were all infected with the coronavirus.
What a great way to kick-off Monday. More information coming soon.