MLB Team Sees Surge in COVID Cases, What Happens Now?
The true test of Major League Baseball's season is here. We all wondered, what will the league do if there is a surge of cases among teams?
There are lots of questions surrounding reports that several players and staff within the Miami Marlins organization have tested positive for COVID-19, just days after the 2020 MLB season got underway.
According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, four Marlins players tested positive after their recent series against the Phillies, with an additional eight players and two coaches tested positive on Monday. The Marlins Monday game against Baltimore has been canceled.
This worrying news doesn't just affect Miami. If this outbreak is deemed large enough to make a stop in play necessary, it could put an already shortened 60-game season in jeopardy. Yankees, Mets, and "Buffalo Blue Jays" fans could go even longer without baseball, just as the season started.
It's tough not to compare MLB's handling of the pandemic to other leagues.
The big difference is in where players are stationed. In the NBA, WNBA, MLS and NHL, players are confined to a space, with strict restrictions on what warrants leaving "the bubble" Games are limited to the Wide World of Sports complex at Disney World, and NHL games will only take place in Toronto and Edmonton.
On the other hand, Major League Baseball opted not to implement a bubble system, instead decided to allow teams to travel to other cities as needed. There's still strict guidelines of social distancing and consistent testing, but when you have teams from hot spot areas of the country traveling, there's always concern over bringing COVID to cities that may not be dealing with COVID as hard, or that may have turned a corner in bringing case numbers down.
One has to has to be critical of MLB not creating a bubble, knowing full well how contagious coronavirus is to anyone in close proximity of each other. Much has been made of the financial tug-of-war that took place over months between the MLB and the players. The league either did not want to go through the financials of putting a bubble together, were more worried about getting a season in than setting up a bubble, or a combination of the two.
The New York Mets play the Marlins in 11 days. Keep an eye on that date, and how the Marlins/MLB as a whole respond to this spike in cases. It could shape the future of the New York baseball season.
[via CBS Sports]