While this is unlikely to change a whole lot in the grand scheme of things, Major League Baseball and its players have changed the format of doubleheaders for the remainder of the 2020 season.
The Phillie Phanatic sits alone in the stands during a game between the Miami Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday. On Thursday, the team announced two positive tests - one from a coach and the other from a staffer.
All activity at Citizens Bank Park was cancelled Thursday until further notice.
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The Phillies were set to resume their season Saturday, but it doesn't appear that's going to happen.
The Phillies are scheduled to host Toronto this weekend in a series that was originally scheduled to be on the road but had to be switched because the Blue Jays' temporary ballpark in Buffalo, New York, isn't ready.
Miami underwent another round of tests Tuesday, and only one new player was flagged, the person said. The Marlins had 17 people test positive and those 17 came in contact with others including the visiting clubhouse attendants in the Philadelphia stadium while preparing and playing and departing the visiting clubhouse.
As for the outbreak itself, more than half of the Miami Marlins' roster has tested positive for COVID-19. However, no players tested positive. This rather helpfully underscored that MLB's safety protocols weren't primarily about preventing the spread of the virus among teams, but about allowing games to continue despite the inevitable infections that would take place. Players and staff have been instructed to isolate in their hotel rooms in Milwaukee, and the club did not leave the hotel Friday for Miller Park. On top of that, Major League Baseball discouraged players from leaving their hotel rooms while on the road, and asked that players practice social distancing with teammates when everyone is away from the ballpark.
"Given the current circumstances, MLB believes that it is most prudent to allow the Marlins time to focus on providing care for their players and planning their Baseball Operations for a resumption early next week", the league said in a statement.