The Miami Marlins canceled their season opener against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday after more than a dozen players and coaches tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
The Marlins home opener against the Baltimore Orioles has been canceled tonight, sources say to ESPN, as the team remains in Philadelphia and continues testing.
– Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 27, 2020
The decision comes after the team delayed their flight home from Philadelphia on Sunday, fearing a growing COVID-19 outbreak within the organization, according to The Associated Press. The number of players and coaches in Miami who have tested positive for the virus is now 14, Passan reports.
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Of the AP:
“Manager Don Mattingly said the Marlins decided to wait until Monday to leave Philadelphia, and that they planned to arrive hours before their home opener against Baltimore in Miami. The journey can be made while multiple players remain in Philadelphia.”
Four Marlins players tested positive for COVID-19 in Philadelphia, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
Sources: Marlin’s new positives are alongside Cooper and Ramirez alongside Urena, plus Alfaro was positive. So they have now lost their starting RF, DH / 1B and C alongside one of their better pitchers. @RobertMurray 1st on some names
– Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 26, 2020
ESPN speculates that the players may have been infected while in Atlanta:
“It is possible that the infections occurred on Wednesday during the trip to and from Atlanta, where the Marlins de Braves played in a friendly game. Since leaving Atlanta – after a flight delay – the Marlins have been in Philadelphia all weekend for the teams opening series. “
The Marlins will occupy the clubhouse of the Phillies visitors over the weekend – and the New York Yankees will occupy the following, as they open a series of two games against Philadelphia on Monday.
Marlins had several positive things yesterday and say they never considered not playing against the Phillies. The Phillies played on the same field as them, and now the Yankees share the same club house that the Marlins used yesterday.
– Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) July 27, 2020
According to Sunday afternoon, there were more than 4.2 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States The New York Times.