Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has denied that the season is in trouble, while more than a dozen Marlins players and staff have tested positive for coronovirus, which led to the club closing in Philadelphia. Three games have now been postponed due to the Marlins’ spread to the locker room.
“I didn’t see it as a nightmare,” Manfred told MLB Network on Monday night. “We continued the protocol which allowed us to continue playing. So we have an expanded roster, which is why we have a pool of additional players. And we think we can keep people safe and keep playing. “
Manfred said the Marlins could resume their schedule soon, when they are set to play in Baltimore.
“I am optimistic that the protocols are strong enough that it will continue to play us through such an outbreak as well and complete our season,” Manfred said.
The Yankees and Phillies postponed their game on Monday after the Marlins played in Philadelphia over the weekend. By Monday night, the teams planned to begin their series on Tuesday instead.
Manfred was asked what it would take to close the league. “A team loses many players, making it completely non-competitive, something we will have to address and think about making changes,” he said. “Our first concern is the health of the players and their families. And making sure that we do everything possible to reduce the spread of the virus to our employees. “
Word of several positive tests among players on the Marlins and Reds rosters caused many to shake around the game.
“I’m going to be honest with you: I’m afraid,” said national manager Dave Martinez.
Experts also expressed their concern over the outbreak.
“It could put you at risk,” Dr. ABC, the country’s top infectious disease specialist, made an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America. Anthony Fauci said. “I don’t think they need to stop, but we just need to follow it and see what happens to other teams on a day to day basis.”
Fauci, who struck out the first opener of the season between the Nationals and Yankees, said he regretted seeing the troubles experienced by the league.
“Major League Baseball – players, owners, managers – put a lot of effort into bringing together and protocol that we think will work.” “It’s very unfortunate what happened to Miami [Marlins]. “
Professor of Infectious Diseases at the University of Toronto, Drs. Andrew Morris was also more cautious than Fauci. “Baseball is in huge trouble,” he said. “I wonder if they are listening to the advice of experts or whether their experts are giving them good advice. It was not a plan that would have imagined what they are talking about. It is playing outside like it should have played. “