The Philadelphia Phillies, meanwhile, said Saturday they had no new positives from tests a day before. If the Marlins and Major League Baseball are able to weather this initial storm/snafu that seems to be mirroring the way America in general has dealt with the pandemic, perhaps they will be able to continue with this 60 game slate. New York's game at Tampa Bay on Thursday was rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on August 8. Six teams were sidelined on Friday due to postponed games.
Marlins players left their hotel to go out at night while in Atlanta on July 21 and 22, Miller reports.
The Cardinals' outbreak is one of two that have arisen in the past week, casting doubt on the sport's ability to contain the virus and safely navigate a 60-game regular season. The team hasn't played since Sunday in Philadelphia but hopes to resume games next week. The Miami Herald reported Friday that the team is putting the infected players on buses that will take them from Philadelphia, where they have been quarantining, back to Miami. He played in two of the Marlins' three games before their season was halted. It's all about how Major League Baseball gains control of the virus and whether we see more outbreaks. "After much deliberation and thought, I have made the hard choice of opting out for the remainder of the 2020 season".
Diaz batted.173 as a rookie previous year, but the organization has big hopes regarding his potential.
Also Saturday, Marlins infielder Isan Diaz, who is not among the players to have tested positive, announced he was opting out of the remainder of the season.
Because of the shortened nature of the season and the way the schedule has been affected just a week in, Manfred reiterated to Clark the importance of following protocols.
Tampa Bay Rays starter Tyler Glasnow was quick to react to the report, saying it's "ridiculous" for players to not follow league protocols in such a manner.
"Some things aren't looking too good right now, but we have to play up to that point". While other leagues are tightly restricting the movements and contacts of their players and staff, MLB has basically said, "You be careful out there!".
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.
Cleveland players and staff talked about postponing Friday night's game at Minnesota but played on.