Less than a week after MLB’s opening day, the league is already facing a coronavirus-related crisis.
All games from Marlins through August 2 have been postponed following the team’s recent COVID-19 outbreak, MLB announced Tuesday. Miami has been reported to have up to 17 cases of coronavirus, but according to the league, “there are no new staff positives on the field from any of the other 29 clubs.”
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How will this sudden wave of cases change the Marlins’ schedule? This is what we know about the situation of the team.
Marlins games postponed
In total, seven Marlins games have been postponed so far, including Miami’s home opener against the Orioles.
|Monday, July 27||vs. Orioles|
|Tuesday, July 28||vs. Orioles|
|Wednesday, July 29||at Orioles|
|Thursday, July 30||at Orioles|
|Friday, July 31||vs. subjects|
|Saturday, August 1||vs. subjects|
|Sunday August 2||vs. subjects|
When do the Marlins play again?
It is unclear when MLB will allow the Marlins to resume play. After the delayed games, Miami is scheduled to play early August against the Phillies, Mets and Blue Jays.
“Given the current circumstances, MLB believes it is highly prudent to give the Marlins time to focus on providing care to their players and planning their baseball activities to resume early next week,” said the league. in a statement.
|Tuesday, August 4||to Phillies|
|Wednesday, August 5||to Phillies|
|Thursday, August 6||to Phillies|
|Friday, August 7||at Mets|
|Saturday, August 8||at Mets|
|Sunday, August 9||at Mets|
|Tuesday, August 11||at Blue Jays|
|Wednesday, August 12||at Blue Jays|
What does this mean for the rest of MLB?
In addition to the delayed Marlins games, the home-and-home series between the Phillies and Yankees (July 27-30) has been postponed “out of excess.” Miami started the 2020 season with a three-game series in Philadelphia (July 24-26). The Yankees now play the Orioles on July 29-30 in Baltimore.
MLB will share additional schedule changes later this week.
It has been speculated that MLB will be forced to suspend or cancel the 2020 season, but Commissioner Rob Manfred has not indicated that he will take drastic measures.
“The difficult conditions of one club reinforce the essential need to be diligent in all ways with the protocols, both on and off the field,” the league said in its statement. “We will continue to strengthen our protocols and make the necessary adjustments. The reality of the virus is still looming, and we have to take that into account every day.
“We are confident that clubs and players will act appropriately, for themselves and for others, and the data gives reason to believe that the protocols can work effectively.”