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Marlins’ home opener was canceled during a coronavirus outbreak among players and coaches

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 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.

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.

According to Sunday afternoon, there were more than 4.2 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States The New York Times.

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