Eight Marlins players have tested positive Monday morning since their matchup against the Phillies on Sunday. Counting previously known positives, the number of known cases in the Marlins’ clubhouse is currently at twelve.
This obviously doesn’t bode well for any team… The Marlins are dangerously close to losing their entire starting lineup to this virus.
Miami announced it was delaying its trip home ahead of the series against the Orioles which was supposed to start tonight but instead was postponed earlier this morning. MLB also announced it postponed tonight’s Yankees-Phillies match up at Citizens Bank Park where the Marlins had just been.
While we can lament about why the season was not played in a bubble location, we still would have needed to play through the spread of this virus through clubhouses. Other teams will inevitably have more asymptomatic carriers until this season ends.
Whether it ends prematurely or on time, the status of this unprecedented season depends on how we tackle this first hurdle.
If we can find a way to get through this week, we may find a way to complete the season if we develop reliable protocol. Whatever the future holds, it will look more like what we are experiencing now but in greater volume.
The next 24 hours will be the most critical part of this season to date – we could see changes to protocol, more players opting out, or things much worse…