Miami Marlins Outbreak Wreaks Havoc on M.L.B. Schedule
“I can tell you we’re going to do everything in our power to do everything the right way and play baseball as long as we can, and if something changes, it changes,” he said. “We’re looking forward to playing the Orioles tomorrow.”
That is the prevailing approach around the majors, with baseball’s most popular cliché — taking things one game at a time — now set against a different backdrop. More than a dozen players, including two former Cy Young Award winners, opted out of the season before the outbreak, and more could follow as players calibrate the risks of travel.
“It’s day to day,” Braun said. “We’re constantly assessing the situation, seeing where we’re at, but it’s not easy for any of us to think that we’ll be flying home back to our families tomorrow night, and we won’t get the test results from today or tomorrow for a couple of days.”
Phillies Manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday that the Marlins’ outbreak should serve as a warning to the rest of the league. The Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins wears a mask while playing first base, Bryce Harper wore a mask on the bases Sunday and shortstop Didi Gregorius wears a mask at all times on the field. Girardi said the Phillies have been more attentive since a cluster of cases shut down their training complex in Clearwater, Fla., in June.
“It was real to us; there are players in our clubhouse now, and coaches, that went through this and saw how quickly it spread,” Girardi said. “I think we had eight or nine cases in Clearwater, and we didn’t have that many people there. So this is a great wake-up call, and I think baseball will probably pay more attention to it.”
The Marlins’ outbreak also drew the attention of public officials back in Miami. Florida — home of the Marlins and the Tampa Bay Rays — has among the highest infection rates in the country, and before M.L.B. put the Marlins’ season on hold, the Nationals had already voted as a team against traveling to Miami this weekend.
Mayor Carlos Giménez of Miami-Dade County cast doubt Tuesday on the wisdom of the Marlins returning to their home market.