Commissioner Manfred defends COVID-19 safety protocols after players test positive

The Miami Marlins celebrate a 5-2 Opening Day win against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on Friday

MLB Calls Emergency Meeting After Marlins COVID Outbreak

Certainly, the Marlins' outbreak is creating fear throughout the industry.

The Marlins will be off through Sunday, the Philadelphia Phillies won't play until Friday, and the New York Yankees will hit the road to take on the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday and Thursday, the league announced Tuesday. Even if Kluber is able to return this season, it likely would be as a reliever.

"The hard circumstances of one Club reinforce the vital need to be diligent with the protocols in all ways, both on and off the field", the statement concluded.

That's quite a conclusion, supported not by the complete data set but instead by a carefully curated subset of it.

Also Monday, the National Hockey League - which has moved its 24 teams to playoff bubbles in Edmonton and Toronto - announced no confirmed positive test results among the more than 800 players tested from July 18-25, while teams were still at their club's in-season facilities. Many teachers unions are pleading for online education but there is a huge number of parents who believe that for both psychological and sociological reasons, the nation's children are starving for a structured routine and a reunion in their physical school buildings with their classmates. "Myself, us, our players, the staff, everybody".

Early reports claim Phillies players have not yet tested positive. More relevant is the raw number of Tier 1 field personnel that have tested positive, since MLB's high total volume of tests reflects the fact that the same people are (quite necessarily) being tested repeatedly. The team canceled their flight home from Philadelphia after playing three games this past weekend.

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"We're talking about half the team and pretty much all their veterans that they need to compete", said a veteran scout who has had Marlins' organization coverage for years. "That's what the players all around the league are doing".

So what does that mean?

Miami's players, coaches and staff remained in Philadelphia in self-quarantine Monday pending further test results.

Several star players had also expressed misgivings about attempting to start the season while the pandemic raged, with some opting out of the 2020 season altogether.

Angels manager Joe Maddon, 66, cautioned against making sweeping statements until more is known about how the Marlins' outbreak occurred and whether breached safety protocols had contributed to the spread of the virus. "Despite all of these measures, some ballplayers became infected". There is a provision for expedited testing, a major league source confirmed. He went on to explain the situation in more detail. "My fear is not that Major League Baseball will be driving community transmission".

Four Marlins players ― pitcher Jose Urena, first baseman Garrett Cooper, outfielder Harold Ramirez and catcher Jorge Alfaro ― had already tested positive for Covid-19. With some of the Marlins' players having tested positive for COVID-19, it raises questions about the NHL and the NBA, plus the NFL, which returns in two months. Last night on MLB Network, he was asked whether an outbreak like the Marlins is baseball's worst nightmare, and here's how he answered. After MLB planned to have the healthy Marlins' players bus to Baltimore to play Wednesday-a plan lambasted by an epidemiologist at Emory University as "absolutely insane" and the "literal stupidest possible plan"-the league announced all Marlins games through August 2 have been postponed". Kluber has a tear in a small muscle in his right shoulder that won't require surgery, but even in the best-case scenario during this 60-game season he won't throw for at least four weeks, which is when he'll be evaluated again.

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