Can the Major League Baseball season survive the COVID-19 crisis?

Saturday, 01 Aug, 2020

It said the postponement in Milwaukee is "consistent with protocols to allow enough time for additional testing and contact tracing to be conducted".

Miami was supposed to play four against the Baltimore Orioles (two at home, two on the road) and three at home against the Washington Nationals. He also reports Milwaukee has "not had any contact" with the Cardinals, who are "getting tested again today".

Major League Baseball made a decision to try and play games in 27 different markets some of which had been identified as virus hot spots including Miami and Atlanta. But with that being said, the health and safety of the players and staff has to be the top priority.

The Phillies haven't been in action since Monday's discovery of a coronavirus outbreak among the Miami Marlins, who played a season-opening series in Philadelphia last weekend. The Cleveland Indians also played at the Twins on Thursday, meaning they most likely used the same visiting clubhouse as the Cardinals and could also be potentially be impacted.

I think it's a wake-up call for all the other teams, saying, 'You'd better not go out at night.' Because if you bring it in, you've got a chance to knock off the season by yourself.

However, another problem seems to loom over the Miami Marlins as Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said that they need to finish the 14-day quarantine before they can return home.

Major League Baseball also announced that it has conducted more than 6,400 tests since this past Friday, and there have been no new positive results for COVID-19 among on-field personnel from the other 29 teams besides the Marlins. The Phillies were supposed to be playing the New York Yankees this week, but those games had already been postponed so Philadelphia could undergo more testing, having just played the Marlins.

But as much as there is a grim comedy in watching a bad Marlins team try to muddle its way through an outbreak, the situation with the Phillies must have even Manfred reconsidering his opinion on nightmares. The players, owners and commissioner Rob Manfred are on a track that is leading them to ultimately decide if the season will be shut down.

However, there is no guidance in the document regarding a COVID-19 outbreak, especially a relatively large incident such as in the Marlins' case.

Beginning Saturday, MLB doubleheaders this season will consist of two seven-inning games instead of two nine-inning games, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported Thursday.